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Imperial Shipping Committee's Report

Volume 319: debated on Tuesday 2 February 1937

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement upon the discussions between His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and His Majesty's Governments in Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand about the assistance of British shipping services in the Pacific?

I am not in a position to add anything to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Colchester (Mr. Lewis) on 26th January.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the House may expect to have some information on the nature of the proposals made?

Negotiations are taking place with a number of Dominion Governments. I would not like to hazard a suggestion as to the length of time, but I have no reason to think that any longer time will be spent than is necessary.