§ Viscount Hinchingbrooke
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is the policy of the Government to encourage talks on post-war trade between industrialists and representatives of Allied Governments now in London.
§ Mr. George Hall
His Majesty's Government would welcome the earliest possible resumption of contacts between our industrialists and all potential overseas markets with a view to exploring openings for post-war trade. The parties to such contacts will, of course, bear in mind that during the early post-Armistice period combined decisions under the U.N.R.R.A. arrangements will govern the placing of orders for relief and rehabilitation goods, and that, so long as we remain at war in any part of the world, the claims of war production must come first.