HC Deb 19 October 1943 vol 392 c1217
66. Mr. Stokes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the American proposal with regard to a United Nations Bank; and whether he has any statement to make to this House?

Sir J. Anderson

Copies of the proposal have been communicated to the representatives of the Treasury now in Washington with certain oral explanations. The text of the proposals has only just reached me, and it will be desirable that His Majesty's Government should give careful study to the proposals and explanations before a further statement can be made in the House.

Mr. Stokes

Is the Chancellor satisfied that he has not been misinformed? Is it not a fact that the draft of these proposals was in the hands of the Treasury early in April this year? In view of the discussions which are now taking place, will he make it perfectly clear to the United States Government that it is not the policy of the British people to put the devastated nations in debt to the moneylenders?

Sir J. Anderson

The reply I gave was accurate, and I cannot make a statement until the proposals have been examined.

Mr. G. Strauss

In view of the great importance of these proposals, might we be put in possession of an authoritative report on their details as soon as possible?

Sir J. Anderson

Yes, Sir. I should be glad to see that a copy is put in the Library.