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Armaments (Imports)

Volume 467: debated on Wednesday 13 July 1949

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47.

asked the Minister of Defence in view of the dollar shortage, what steps he is taking to reduce the importation of armaments from the United States of America.

Very few armaments or other defence stores are purchased by us from the United States. The purchases consist almost entirely of essential spares for American type aircraft and other equipment already in service. Because of the dollar shortage these imports are being kept down to the lowest possible level, and are declining.

Will the Minister assure us that we are not importing armaments when we need all our dollars for raw materials and food supplies?