§ 59. Mr. HARMSWORTH
asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government will consider approaching the United States with a view to an arrangement whereby the payment of the British debt to America is made in sterling instead of in dollars?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. William Graham)
No such step is in contemplation.
§ Mr. HARMSWORTH
Does the hon. Gentleman not think that some steps might be taken in that direction, because of the effects on exchange, and therefore on trade, and to some extent on the cost of living?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
No, Sir; the short reply to the hon. Member is that the United States would not entertain a request of that kind, because, even if we could agree to the suggestion, it would be quite unnecessary to put it forward.