HC Deb 02 November 1937 vol 328 cc693-4
7. Mr. Ridley

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in the negotiations for a trade agreement between Great Britain and the United States of America; and when an agreement is likely to be reached?

28. Mr. Price

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to make a statement about the progress of the negotiations for the conclusion of an Anglo-American commercial treaty?

Mr. Stanley

I would refer to the reply which I gave on 22nd October to a question by the hon. Member for Moseley (Sir P. Hannon), to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. Ridley

Does the right hon. Gentleman know when he will be in a position to make a more definite statement?

Mr. Stanley

I am afraid I could not answer that question, but this is a subject which will, no doubt, be discussed in the Debate which immediately follows Questions this afternoon.

Mr. Shinwell

Can we have an assurance that the Government are taking seriously this matter of a possible trade agreement with the United States of America?

Mr. Stanley

Perhaps the hon. Member will await what I have to say during the Debate this afternoon, and, no doubt, anything I have to say will reassure him.

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