HC Deb 30 June 1924 vol 175 cc921-2

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the important proposal that some arrangement might be made with the Dominions to have the Dominion export of foodstuffs brought to this country at cost price and distributed or sold to the British people with the lowest possible margin to cover expenses; whether this proposal has been accepted by His Majesty's Government and is being submitted for discussion with the Dominion Governments; and whether, in view of the beneficial social and Empire-strengthening effects of such a proposal, he will see that its further elaboration is expedited in every possible way?


asked the Prime Minister if he intends to enter into some arrangement with the Dominions by which the foodstuffs we require to-day may be obtained solely from them by bringing them into this country at cost price and distributing them with the least possible margin?


I presume hon. Members are referring to the suggestion made by the Leader of the Opposition in the course of the debate on the 18th June last. In this connection I have nothing to add to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in reply, except that His Majesty's Government are in communication with the Dominions as to the establishment of the Economic Committee to which he alluded.


In view of the possibility of securing a national policy in this respect, will the right hon. Gentleman, having come to an agreement with the Leader of His Majesty's Opposition, come to an agreement with the Leader of the Liberal party, and so have a united policy?