HC Deb 02 December 1953 vol 521 c1137
11. Mr. Peyton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how much of the financial aid supplied to the United Kingdom by the United States Government has been used to finance the shipment of warlike stores to China.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

None, Sir.

Mr. Peyton

Will my right hon. and learned Friend inform the American Government of the intense and widespread resentment felt in this country, and in this House, at the vicious and slanderous allegations made by Senator McCarthy that this country has been utilising American aid to finance the sinews of war for Red China?

Mr. Lloyd

I think the American Government are well aware of our view in this matter.

Mr. A. Henderson

Is it not a fact that this country has never shipped any warlike stores to China?

Mr. Lloyd

That is certainly the case during the time of the civil war, and since the United Nations Resolution was passed we have not done so either.

Mr. Shinwell

But if the American Government are aware of the facts, is not it possible to convey to them the suggestion that they might in turn convey the information to Senator McCarthy?

Mr. Lloyd

If the right hon. Gentleman sees what one distinguished American statesman said yesterday he will see that it is substantially well-known.

Mr. Nabarro

Is not it a fact that very large quantities of warlike stores which have been sent to Russia in the course of normal exports have found their way to Red China—notably heavy electrical equipment including generators which right hon. Gentlemen opposite were responsible for sending?