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International Cartels (Metallgesellschaft)

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is satisfied that all relations between British firms and Metallgesellschaft of Germany are completely broken off and that there is no understanding or arrangement that, on the end of the war, those relations will be renewed?

I have no evidence of any relations between British firms and Metallgesellschaft since the outbreak of war. Such relations are prohibited under the Trading with the Enemy Act, and any person contravening the Act would be subject to very severe penalties. As regards renewal of relations after the war, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave yesterday to my hon. Friends the Members for Croydon, South (Sir H. Williams) and Stoke (Mr. E. Smith).