HC Deb 04 December 1956 vol 561 c1043
43. Mr. Roy Jenkins

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will call a conference of Commonwealth Finance Ministers to discuss means of easing the present strain upon sterling.

Mr. Walker-Smith

My right hon. Friend will not hesitate to propose a meeting of Commonwealth Finance Ministers whenever he thinks is necessary.

Mr. Jenkins

Do we, therefore, understand, in view of the hon. and learned Gentleman's interpretation of the views of the Chancellor, that the strain on sterling is not at present such as to warrant such a meeting?

Mr. Walker-Smith

My right hon. Friend certainly would not exclude a meeting in the near future if that should appear to be desirable, but the hon. Gentleman is aware that there are in fact many occasions through the year when exchanges of views can and do take place.

Mr. Osborne

Will my hon. and learned Friend not agree that we can assume that the Commonwealth Finance Ministers will, as always, do their utmost to support sterling?