HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 c1797
28. Mr. M. Philips Price

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps for mutual economic assistance by way of exchange of products and temporary provision of labour resources have been taken between the French and British Colonies in Africa.

Mr. Mayhew

There is already valuable exchange of goods and of labour between these territories, and the possibilities of still further exchanges were discussed at a meeting of French and British officials held in Paris in February. Various useful lines of development were then agreed upon and are now being actively pursued. A copy of the communiqué issued after the Paris meeting will be sent to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Price

Does my hon. Friend realise that there is considerable desire among all parties, except perhaps the Communists, for co-operation on this as a contribution to solving the economic problems of the two countries?

Mr. Mayhew

Yes, Sir, I am aware of that, and as a first step there are constant exchanges between officials of the two departments directly concerned in France and in this country.

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