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British Interests (Japan)

Volume 437: debated on Monday 12 May 1947

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102.

asked the President of the Board of Trade if British business men will have to pay dollars into the Japanese Headquarters Trade Fund for the one-way-trade arrangements that have been made.

Private trading transactions between this country and Japan are not at present permitted, so that no question arises of payment by British business men either to the Occupying Authorities or to the Japanese.

103.

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will instruct our representative on the Far Eastern Commission dealing with Japan to furnish him with a full report on the United States of America Commercial Corporation in regard to Japan and then make this information available to Members of this House.

According to my information the United States Commercial Company have been acting for the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers as the selling agent in the U.S.A. for Japanese products made available to that country. Perhaps my hon. Friend would indicate what activities of the company he has in mind to enable me to decide whether or not to ask for the report he suggests.