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Lend-Lease

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1943

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54.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is now able to give the amount of Lend-Lease reckoned in sterling, rendered by the United States to Great Britain up to 30th June, 1943, or other convenient later date?

No, Sir. As my predecessor has informed the hon. Member, such figures are not available.

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the President, in his statement, gave a figure for shipments to Great Britain, and that the right hon. Gentleman himself has since explained that this includes shipments sent on elsewhere? Will he make representations to the United States Government that they should make their statements in such a form as may be readily understandable by all people and will not lead to misconceptions?

I do not think that that would be at all desirable. I do not want to call attention to the purely financial aspects of this matter.