HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 cc2403-4
25. Lieut-Commander R. H. Thompson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will now say what raw materials it is intended to supply to Yugoslavia under the credit of £2,000,000 recently granted to that country.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

This information was set out in the reply given to the hon. and gallant Member for New Forest (Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre) on 12th March.

Lieut-Commander Thompson

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure us that no materials vital to the re-armament of this country will be provided under this credit?

Mr. Morrison

All these matters are under consideration on the merits of each case and the point made in that supplementary question will be kept in mind.

Mr. Dodds

Is it not a fact that Yugoslavia have raw materials which we badly need and that for us to obtain them they need credits from us to get the machinery to win those materials from the ground?

Mr. Morrison

The point raised by my hon. Friend is also an important consideration.

Mr. Pickthorn

Can the House be assured that in all these matters of the provision both of finance and materials to the Yugoslav Government there is continuous consultation with the United States Government?

Mr. Morrison

I do not know about "continuous," but in so far as it would be appropriate and relevant to any particular transaction appropriate consultation would take place. I am not sure about the word "continuous."