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European Reconstruction

Volume 439: debated on Monday 30 June 1947

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35.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations he has received from the Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding the importance of making use of United Nations facilities and organs in conneclion with Mr. Marshall's proposals for U.S. aid to Europe; and what reply he has returned.

My right hon. Friend received an inquiry on behalf of the Secretary-General about the views of His Majesty's Government on the action to be taken in the light of Mr. Marshall's speech. Mr. Lie was informed that His Majesty's Government were anxious to use the machinery of the United Nations to the greatest extent possible, but that the urgency of the task made it necessary to take the initiative in advance of the meeting of the Economic Commission for Europe on 5th July. My right hon. Friend undertook to keep Mr. Lie informed of developments.

38.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any representations have been made from Belgium, Holland or Denmark, to be included in the Marshall Plan discussions.

No. It should, of course, be understood that the discussions now proceeding in Paris are of a preliminary character. It is hoped that they will be followed at a very early stage by a general approach to European Governments, including those mentioned by the hon. Member.