HC Deb 11 December 1956 vol 562 cc32-3W
74. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will collaborate with the French Government during the present crisis in negotiations with the Government of the United States of America in respect of an equitable allocation of oil supplies to both countries from the United States of America and of other economic and financial easement.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Yes, Sir. Since the closure of the Suez Canal, Her Majesty's Government have maintained through the channels of the Organisation for European Co-operation (O.E.E.C.) and its Oil Committee close contact with the French Government both in regard to oil supplies and also in matters affecting our economic and financial position generally.

The United States has been represented at O.E.E.C. meetings and has in this way been kept fully informed of British and French needs and plans for meeting current economic problems, including that of the supply of oil, and has taken part in negotiations for remedying commodity shortages that may occur in France and Great Britain as in other member countries of O.E.E.C.