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United Nations Relief And Re- Habilitation Administration

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 2 November 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Report of Sir Frederick Leith-Ross, prepared in collaboration with the Inter-allied Post-war Requirements Bureau for submission to the Allied Governments, can be made public; whether the Government have yet considered this Report and has he a statement to make on it?

The Report of the Inter-Allied Committee, presided over by Sir Frederick Leith-Ross, has been submitted to the Allied Governments, but no decision has yet been taken as to publication. His Majesty's Government are of opinion that the proposals made in that Report, as far as they relate to relief measures, can only be satisfactorily dealt with when the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration is set up. They accordingly propose, subject to the concurrence of the Allied Governments concerned, that this Report should be remitted, for consideration, to that Administration when it has been established.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is intended that the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration shall have the necessary powers to arrange for the planning of production of primary commodities in order to supplement the decreasing stocks so that adequate supplies may be available to meet the known needs of the overseas areas?

It will be for the Council, when the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration is set up, to determine in consultation with other interested authorities, national and international, what body should be made responsible for making which plans. His Majesty's Government for their part will afford the Council all the help that lies in their power.