HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc587-8
29. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the Anglo-American Oil Agreement, signed in 1945, has not yet been ratified.

The Minister of State (Mr. McNeil)

Article 8 of the Agreement does not require an exchange of ratifications for the Agreement to be operative. His Majesty's Government are ready at any time to put the Agreement into effect, but the United States Government has yet to secure the Senate's approval for the implementation of the Agreement.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Have we yet notified the Government of the United States of our readiness, under Article 8, to bring the agreement into force?

Mr. McNeil

I should think from my answer today that there is no doubt about our position.

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