HC Deb 03 May 1944 vol 399 c1318
46. Mr. Edgar Granville

asked the Prime Minister whether, in the discussions with the U.S.A. and Russia on such questions as currency, civil aviation and the post-war supply of raw materials, the Commonwealth of British Nations will act as a delegation as at the World Economic and Geneva Conferences, or whether the Dominions will negotiate independent agreements; and if this is likely to be discussed at the forthcoming conference of Dominion Prime Ministers in London.

Mr. Attlee

At any future international conference on these questions the separate members of the British Commonwealth would, as hitherto, be represented by separate delegations. This was of course the case at the World Economic and Geneva Conferences, to which the hon. Member refers. It will not, however, preclude close association between us in the pursuit of common objectives.

Mr. Granville

Will the right hon. Gentleman suggest to the Conference the setting up of a permanent council with a secretariat? May I also ask is he aware that on all these points which were denied to the House of Commons during the recent Debate, the Government issued an official hand-out to the Press on Sunday night?

Mr. Attlee

That is an entirely different question.