§ 6. Mr. de Rothschild
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any diplomatic representative of Great Britain attended the official opening of the International Samples Fair recently held at Barcelona; how many British firms exhibited there; what commodities were exhibited by them; and how British representation at this fair compared with that of the United States, neutral and enemy countries.
§ Mr. de Rothschild
Can the right hon. Gentleman inform us why no British firm was there? Does he realise that the United States Ambassador went there in state and was at the opening of this fair? Does it not look uncommonly as if Uncle Sam had slipped a fast one over the simpler Sam?
§ Mr. Eden
I will leave my hon. Friend to draw his own conclusions, but I can 700 tell him that this matter was considered by the Department concerned, and in view of the total absorption of British industry in matters connected with the war, we did not think we could usefully participate in this affair at this time.
§ Mr. Molson
Does the right hon. Gentleman not realise the importance of preserving our goodwill with a view to exporting after the war?
§ Mr. A. Edwards
Does the right hon. Gentleman not notice the immense sums of money spent by firms in this country on preserving goodwill?