§ 49. Sir O. Simmonds
asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to a recent speech by Viscount Halifax, in Chicago, which must have the effect of undermining any export effort we may make in Latin-America; and whether this statement represents the policy of His Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Eden
I have seen the text of Lord Halifax's speech. The remarks to which my hon. Friend refers have been taken 1224 out of their context. They did not constitute a statement of fact or policy, but were an illustration of the type of charge and counter-charge between British and American exporters which it is our task to remove.
§ Sir O. Simmonds
Is it not a fact that the effect of those words has been seriously to discourage our efforts in Latin America and to give the United States representatives an opening to which the facts do not entitle them?