HC Deb 13 February 1945 vol 408 cc17-8
25. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has any statement to make regarding the operations of the Combined Export Market Committee in Washington.

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Dalton)

The Combined Export Markets Committee has not met since November, 1943. Exports from the United Kingdom and the United States of America are governed by combined arrangements only where the goods are scarce and such arrangements are necessary to ensure that the minimum essential requirements of other countries dependent upon us are met, or where, on shipping grounds, it is necessary for us to agree upon the sources of supply.

Mr. Edwards

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that this country's interests in post-war trade are being properly cared for?

Mr. Dalton

Yes, Sir, certainly.