HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 c1552W
Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether he will give an assurance that effective steps are being taken to bring economic pressure to bear upon Japan by cutting off imports likely to be of value for war purposes, and particularly oil?

Mr. Foot

As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs announced yesterday, the steps already taken give His Majesty's Government complete control of all financial transactions between the United Kingdom and Japan, including the financing of trade. Similar measures have been adopted throughout the Empire. In exercising this control it will be necessary to maintain the closest touch with the United States Government and Allied Governments, and of course with His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions, India and Burma.