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Foreign Office Official's Statement (Usa)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the political observations made in the U.S.A. on her present visit by Mrs. Mary Agnes Hamilton, director of the U.S. Information Department at the Foreign Office; and whether the observations had his approval.

I am informed that in an interview with the editor of the woman's page of the New York "Herald Tribune" the officer in question made a statement on the lines of that reported in the "Daily Telegraph" of 6th May. It is reasonably clear, however, from the trend of the whole discussion that what the officer intended to convey was that the living conditions of the people of Great Britain were largely dictated by circumstances beyond the control of either party and that the Conservative Party could do little to alter them at present if they were returned to power.