§ 47. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Minister of Defence in view of the dollar shortage, what steps he is taking to reduce the importation of armaments from the United States of America.
§ Mr. A. V. Alexander
Very few armaments or other defence stores are purchased by us from the United States. The purchases consist almost entirely of essential spares for American type aircraft and 427 other equipment already in service. Because of the dollar shortage these imports are being kept down to the lowest possible level, and are declining.
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Will the Minister assure us that we are not importing armaments when we need all our dollars for raw materials and food supplies?
§ Mr. Alexander
I think that can be deduced from my answer.