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Armaments (Raw Materials)

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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asked the Prime Minister to what extent the manufacture of armaments in Germany, Italy and Japan, is dependent on supplies of materials from the British Empire and the United States of America, respectively; and whether he is now prepared to advocate a limitation of armaments throughout the world by a limitation of supplies of raw materials from the British Empire and the United States of America?

It is impossible to give a reliable estimate such as the hon. Member desires, and I doubt whether the particular proposal of the hon. Member would have the effect he desires.

Is it not true that the armaments which Germany, Italy and Japan have at present are very largely manufactured out of goods supplied from the British Empire and America, and is the Minister not prepared to take steps immediately to stop it?

The hon. Member raises a broad question. I am prepared to investigate it. I cannot say anything more now.

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen a letter in the "Times "this morning advocating this policy?

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I will raise the matter on the Motion for the Adjournment.