HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 cc1043-4
19. Mr. Bramall

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when he anticipates that he will be able to take action to implement his declared policy of socialising heavy industry in the British zone of Germany.

Mr. Bevin

Every effort is being made to overcome the obstacles, which have hitherto delayed the fulfilment of our policy, but I am not yet in a position to state when a further announcement will be made. One of the main difficulties is connected with the drawing up of an equit- able basis of compensation for foreign interests in Germany.

Mr. Bramall

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that he does lay himself open to a very great deal of criticism when the policy the Government are carrying out in this country cannot be carried out over there?

Mr. Bevin

I quite agree that I have announced a policy, but I cannot override the rights of other countries, and when these rights exist, I have to negotiate about them.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

Will the right hon. Gentleman make certain that socialising does not in due course become subsidising, to the great detriment of the export trade of this country?

Mr. Bevin

That has not occurred in this country.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke rose

Mr. Speaker

This is becoming hypothetical, I think.