HC Deb 08 May 1952 vol 500 cc534-5
22. Mr. Julian Amery

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he expects to announce the results of the Government's examination of our future external commercial policy, including our policy towards the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

This examination raises fundamental and complex questions of economic policy. I do not expect to be in a position to make any further statement for some little time.

Mr. Amery

In view of the great interest which is taken in this question on both sides of the House, will my right hon. Friend consider consulting the House of Commons in debate on the matter before the Government complete their examination and consult the Commonwealth countries?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I think it would be better, for the time being, for me to complete my examination. The subjects that the House discusses are a matter for the House itself.

Sir Herbert Williams

Is my right hon. Friend aware that some of us have been studying this matter for many years and that we came to very definite conclusions a long time ago? Is there any need for further examination?