HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 c1169
23. Dr. Segal

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on what date the Anglo-Israeli financial talks are expected to begin; and what is the reason for their delay.

Mr. Bevin

No date for such talks has yet been suggested by either Government and there has consequently been no delay. The many economic and financial problems requiring discussion with the Government of Israel are under active study by His Majesty's Government.

Dr. Segal

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the State of Israel is rapidly becoming a hard currency area, and that the only result of all these delays in the Middle East will be a loss to Britain of many millions of pounds in hard currency markets?

Mr. Bevin

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that this financial business is not one sided.

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