HC Deb 13 June 1950 vol 476 cc6-7W
73. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what undertaking was given by His Majesty's Government to the Canadian Government to give priority in purchase to Canadian wheat; and whether the Canadian Government was asked to give reciprocal priority to Empire-produced sugar.

Sir S. Cripps

In the course of the discussions last month about the United Kingdom's wheat requirements in the crop year 1950–51, Mr. Howe, the Canadian Minister of Trade and Commerce, and Mr. Pearson, the Secretary of State for External Affairs, were informed that His Majesty's Government hoped to be able to meet their requirements for dollar wheat from their traditional market in Canada within the International Wheat Agreement, and that this should be possible provided that Canadian wheat could be purchased on no less favourable terms than those obtained by any other buyer in the dollar market, whether in the United States of America or Canada. The answer to the second part of the Question is. "No"