HC Deb 14 April 1948 vol 449 c952
14. Mr. Stanley Prescott

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any arrangements have been made, or are proposed to be made, for consultations between His Majesty's Government and the United States Government arising from the recent Draper Economic Mission to Japan for the formulation of a common economic policy for Japanese industry.

Mr. Bevin

I understand that General Draper, the United States Under-Secretary for the Army, and a number of other representatives of the United States Government, have recently visited Japan for the primary purpose of investigating the economic situation. If, as a result of their reports, the United States Government should wish to propose any important changes in economic policy for Japan, His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and the other Allied Governments concerned will, no doubt, be consulted.

Mr. William Teeling

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether there is any possibility of either ourselves or the Dominions sending economic missions to Japan at the present time or in the near future?

Mr. Bevin

I do not think there would be any objection to that. I have not heard of it.

Mr. John Paton

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he will take steps to place in the Library a copy of the Draper. Report as soon as it is available?

Mr. Bevin

Certainly, Sir.

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