HC Deb 03 August 1943 vol 391 cc2068-9
16. Sir Irving Albery

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in the formation of the Anglo-Soviet Co-operative Trading Association?

Mr. Dalton

I do not know, but I have had it conveyed to the promoters of this scheme that I cannot give it my support. Further, since the promoters saw fit, without permission, to mention a number of Government Departments in their circular, I have indicated to them that it is their duty to make it quite clear to any persons who may be inclined to subscribe money that His Majesty's Government are not in any way associated with this project.

Sir I. Albery

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the circular definitely lays it down that the Department and the United Kingdom Corporation are working with the Association?

Mr. Dalton

No. I read it with great attention. It does not lay that down, but it might create such an impression on a careless reader. That is why I have issued a warning.