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Anglo-French Co-Ordination And Co-Operation

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the division of functions between the Anglo-French Coordinating Committee and the Anglo-French Industrial Council, set up with his approval, particularly with regard to the purchase of supplies, the elimination of competition between individual firms, and the stimulation of exports and of Anglo-French trade?

The Anglo-French Co-ordinating Committee is an official Allied body, the functions of which are to co-ordinate the work of the various Anglo-French Executive Committees responsible for supplying the requirements of the Allied Governments in respect of munitions, food, raw materials, shipping, etc., and to deal with any difficult questions of principle or priority which may arise between them. It also has the duty of co-ordinating the work of Allied Purchasing Missions abroad. The Anglo-French Industrial Council, on the other hand, is an unofficial body primarily concerned with developing co-operation between individual British and French industries.