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Rumania (Commercial Mission)

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether any decision has yet been reached regarding the dispatch of a trade mission to Rumania?

It has been decided to send a commercial mission to Rumania, but the detailed arrangements have not yet been made.

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that this matter has been under the consideration of his Department for some weeks; and does he think that, in view of the serious economic demands which have been made on Rumania by Germany, it is worth while sending a British trade mission now?

I have said that the detailed arrangements and the personnel are not yet concluded.

Will the commission be empowered to negotiate on the output of the oilfields of Rumania on behalf of British interests?