HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 cc1224-5
9. Mr. Arthur Henderson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can make a statement on the visit of Dr. Wohltat, Marshal Goering's trade delegate, to this country?

Mr. Stanley

I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the statement which the Prime Minister made yesterday in reply to a question by the right hon. Member for Wakefield (Mr. Greenwood).

Mr. Henderson

May I ask whether Dr. Wohltat had any conversations with the Board of Trade, and also whether it is intended, as a result of his visit, to resume the trade negotiations between representatives of the F.B.I. and the German industrialists which were suspended as a result of the German annexation of Bohemia and Moravia?

Mr. Stanley

In answer to the third part of the question, no official of the Board of Trade, of the Department of Overseas Trade, or of the Export Credits Department had any meetings or discussions with Dr. Wohltat during his recent visit. With regard to the second part, the position remains exactly as announced by me after the events of March, that in view of the political situation existing the conversations had to be suspended.