HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc200-1W
114. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the President of the Board of Trade what facilities will be given to trade and other bodies to submit items to be included on the agenda for the forthcoming International Trade Conference.

Mr. Marquand

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the statement by my right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council on 15th April, in the course of which he explained that the various Ministers concerned were getting into touch with the principal organisations representing trade, industry and labour in this country. The object of this consultation was that His Majesty's Government should enter into the Conference with a full understanding of the considered views of these organisations. The agenda of the Conference will be the proposals made by the Government of the United States which was published in Cmd. 6709, but there will no doubt be opportunities of raising appropriate points to which the consultation above-mentioned draws attention. I would take this opportunity to re-emphasise the strong desire of His Majesty's Government to have the fullest possible advice from those whom they have consulted.