§ 64. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will request that the agenda for the forthcoming Commonwealth Economic Conference at Montreal include the future of the Commonwealth jute growing and manufacturing industries, with a view to ensuring that changes in employment in the various national industries shall take place gradually and subject to planning for full employment.
§ Mr. Alport
The general scope of the Conference, as described in the communiqué issued after the meeting of Finance Ministers in Mont Tremblant last autumn, would enable such matters as the hon. Member mentions to be raised, but I cannot indicate what special issues the Conference may agree should be included on the Agenda.
§ 65. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will state the agenda or the subjects which Her Majesty's Government will seek to have discussed at the forthcoming economic conference in Montreal.
§ Mr. Alport
It is not the practice to announce in advance the agenda of meetings of Commonwealth Ministers, but the44W purposes of the Conference were indicated in some detail in the communiqué issued on 1st October, 1957, after the meeting of Commonwealth Finance Ministers at Mont Tremblant, of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy.