HC Deb 06 June 1946 vol 423 cc2157-8
56. Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total of gold reserves in dollar balances held by His Majesty's Government at 1st June, 1946, or, alternatively, as at the latest date for which information is available.

Mr. Dalton

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my answer on 15th February last to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson).

Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre

Yes, Sir, but the figures given in that answer referred to those shown in Cmd. 6707, published last December, quoting the situation nearly a year ago; and can there be any reason of security to preclude the publication now of those, at least, for December, or is the Chancellor afraid of giving an account of his stewardship?

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir; but I think we might wait a little longer.