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Greece (Co-Operative Movement)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider instructing the British Mission in Greece to assist the development of consumers co-operatives in Greece and to supply them with information about the work of the co-operative societies in this country.

The British Economic Mission already have the necessary instructions. Moreover, in addition to the efforts which they have made to assist the cooperatives in Greece I am glad to be able to inform my hon. Friend that the national executive of the Co-operative Union have generously undertaken to pay the expenses of three Greek students at the Cooperative College at Loughborough It is hoped that these young men will begin their studies at the college in the autumn of this year. The experience and knowledge they will obtain there should be of great value to the Co-operative movement in Greece.