HC Deb 08 November 1949 vol 469 cc103-4W
73. Mr. Teeling

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the present amount contributed to the Anglo-American Council of Productivity by the British Government; and whether he will approach the United States Government with a view to agreeing upon an increase in the respective contributions of the two Governments and to the provision of other facilities so that American teams are encouraged under the scheme to accept invitations to visit this country and study British industries in addition to the visits of British teams to the United States of America.

Sir S. Cripps

The amount of the Grant in Aid from His Majesty's Government to the United Kingdom Section of the Council for the current financial year is £87,500, and the Economic Cooperation Administration pays the dollar costs of the activities of the United Kingdom Section. The United Kingdom Section of the Council has stated that it would welcome visits of American teams to this country, but the exchange of visits is for industry in the two countries to arrange through the Council, and not for me. If the Council requires an increase in the contributions of Governments, I have no doubt it will make representations to that effect.