§ 11. Mr. Molson
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare why he has allowed the traffic of 1790 foodships between the United States of America and North Africa to be resumed; and whether he will ensure that this importation will not release further exports for Metropolitan France?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare (Mr. Dingle Foot)
The traffic between the United States and French North Africa has been suspended since the middle of February. But, as hon. Members will have seen in the Press, the United States Government have announced their intention to resume these shipments. The reasons for our concurrence in this policy remain the same as those stated by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 2nd July of last year. As regards the last part of the Question, it is a condition of all such shipments that neither the goods themselves nor any similar goods shall be exported from North Africa.
§ Mr. Molson
Is it not desirable that those French Colonies which have rallied to Free France should be entitled to receive imports, but those under Vichy should be blockaded?
§ Mr. Shinwell
How does the Department ensure that these goods will not be released for Metropolitan France? What precautions are taken? What check is operating?