§ 50. Colonel Wedgwood
asked the Prime Minister whether he will give this House an opportunity of formally and publicly thanking the United States of America for their sympathy and help, as shown in the Lease-and-Lend Act?
§ Mr. Attlee
The right hon. Gentleman will remember that as Leader of the House my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister took the earliest opportunity after the passage of the Lease-Lend Act, and when the President of the United States had appended his signature to it, to make a statement. Speaking, as he then said, for Parliament and for the whole country, my right hon. Friend offered to the United States our gratitude for her inspiring act of faith. He trusts that you, Sir, and the House will have accepted his words on that occasion as a 429 formal and public expression of our thanks for the sympathy and help extended to us.