HC Deb 19 November 1940 vol 365 cc1864-5W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether His Majesty's Government is adopting the same policy as the United States Government in placing an embargo on certain exports to Japan; and what those exports are?

Mr. Foot

I have been asked to reply. The United States Government have not declared an embargo on exports to Japan or to any other particular country, but the export of a number of commodities required for war purposes is controlled under the United States Defence Act. Thus high grade aviation petrol, high grade lubricating oils and scrap iron may not be exported outside the Western Hemisphere, except to destinations in the British Empire. We ourselves are not exporting any of these latter commodities.

His Majesty's Government are anxious to co-operate with the United States Government in all matters affecting supplies and are, therefore, in consultation with them so as to ensure the greatest practicable uniformity of action.