§ 44. Mr. Platts-Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Parliament will be invited to consider legislation to ratify and regulate aid received by the United Kingdom under the Marshall Plan.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The United States Economic Co-operation Act of 1948 provides that, in order to be eligible to receive aid, each country participating in the recovery programme shall conclude an agreement with the United States Government confirming adherence to the purposes of the Act. I am advised that the agreement will not involve any legislation. It will, however, be laid before the House. If legislation is necessary in connection with the receipt of aid from the United States, that matter will, of course, come before the House in the ordinary way.