HC Deb 06 February 1951 vol 483 c1536
59. Mr. Edelman

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the proposed international commodity groups will have consumer and producer as well as governmental representation.

Mr. Gaitskell

No, Sir. Governments alone will be represented on the proposed international commodity groups.

Mr. Edelman

Will my right hon. Friend at least keep in close touch with industrial consumers in this country who are getting rather impatient at the slow progress of these negotiations?

Mr. Gaitskell

Yes, Sir, certainty.

Mr. S. Silverman

Will all Governments be invited to take part?

Mr. Gaitskell

No, Sir, only the Governments which are the principal producers and consumers.

Mr. Silverman

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether it is intended to be a contribution to easing the tensions of the world and a contribution to the maintenance of peace to deny large parts of the world access to raw materials?

Mr. Gaitskell

That is quite another question.