HC Deb 01 December 1942 vol 385 cc1003-4
55. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has taken, or will take, advantage of the visit to this country of the President of the Bank for International Settlements for the purpose of an interview regarding the interests of this country in the bank?

Sir K. Wood

Yes, Sir. I saw this gentleman when he was passing through the country on a short, private visit and had a general talk with him.

Mr. Bellenger

Was not my right hon. Friend able to discuss with the President of the Bank whether any clearing facilities had been given for the large transactions in black market visas to pass through the Bank for International Settlements, to our detriment?

Sir K. Wood

No, Sir, I do not recall that my conversation with him included that. It was a general confirmation of the statement which my hon. Friend will remember that I made.

Mr. Stokes

Does the right hon. Gentleman not think it would be now desirable that Mr. McKittrick, the President of the Bank, should have a talk to Members here so that we may learn some of the facts which the Chancellor never seems able to give?

Sir K. Wood

No, Sir.