HC Deb 30 April 1947 vol 436 c1924
7. Mr. William Shepherd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what effect the new coal agreement will have upon German industrial output.

Mr. McNeil

In reaching this agreement the needs of German industry were fully considered. The agreement is designed to secure an equitable distribution of increased production in Germany, and in those European countries dependent on German coal, and it ensures that increases in German coal production will be shared equitably between these internal and external needs.