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British Industries (Nationalisation)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will publish all the protests received by His Majesty's Government since July, 1945, from foreign Powers, against the nationalisation of British industries either individually of generally, together with the Government's replies.

No, Sir. No protests from foreign Powers against the nationalisation of British industries, either individually or generally, have to my knowledge been received by His Majesty's Government.

Does not that make all the more difficult the preparation of protests to the Persian, Iraq and Egyptian Governments about the nationalisation of British industries?

If the hon. Gentleman had read carefully HANSARD of a short time ago, or had read the Note which has been sent to the Persian Government, he would see it was not a protest.