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Germany (Export-Import Agency)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 4 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the respective nationalities of those holding senior posts in the Joint Export-Import Agency.

Of the eight most senior officials in the Joint Export-Import Agency, three are American, three British and two French.

Would the Minister be kind enough to give some information about the less senior officials?


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether each member of the Joint Export-Import Agency Board has one vote only; and whether decisions are binding when determined by a vote of members of the Board.

As the voting provisions which apply in the Board of the Joint Export-Import Agency are somewhat complicated, I would refer the hon. Member to Article 5 of the Bizonal Fusion Agreement of 17th December, 1947, which was published as a White Paper. The voting arrangements are there described in full.

Can the Minister say whether the answer to my Question is in the affirmative or otherwise? Is it on a straight and simple vote or are any other arrangements made for taking votes?

It is not a straight and simple vote. It is complicated, and for that reason I have not given a direct answer.