§ 47. Mr. Bottomley
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the proposed multi-lateral trade agreement officially suggested to him by the Argentine Government.
§ Sir E. Boyle
The Argentine Government have notified us and a number of other Governments of their desire to put their external trade and payments relations on a broader basis. Last week representatives of eleven European countries had exploratory talks together in Paris. These talks were attended also by a representative of the Argentine Government who is now visiting a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, for separate talks; and it seems likely that we and the other European countries will want to come together again shortly for a further exchange of views.
We welcome the Argentine Government's initiative in this matter and we very much hope that, as a result of these talks, it will be possible for Argentina to introduce a satisfactory system of trade and payments.