HC Deb 21 January 1948 vol 446 cc197-8
32. Mr. Piratin

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of Mr. Marshall's statement that he approved of the Anglo-Soviet Trade Agreement, what discussions or consultations he had before signing the Trade Agreement with Mr. Marshall.

39. Mr. Platts-Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of the statement by the American Secretary of State that when in London he had discussed the proposed Anglo-Soviet Trade Agreement with His Majesty's' Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and had approved its conclusion, if a White Paper will be published setting out more fully the nature of these discussions and indicating what other matters then engaging the attention of His Majesty's Government were also submitted for the consideration and approval of the American Secretary of State.

Mr. McNeil

In the course of the discussions of the whole field of European reconstruction and recovery, my right hon. Friend naturally told Mr. Marshall of the background of our trade talks with the U.S.S.R. There was nothing in the way of formal consultation on the subject. Much less was there any question of submitting our proposals for Mr. Marshall's approval as the Members suggest. My right hon. Friend, therefore, sees no reason to publish a White Paper.