Imperial Economic Conference.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 7th December 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Jarrett Mr George Jarrett , Dartford

47.

asked the Prime Minister whether, when sending invitations to the Governments of the Dominions to the proposed Imperial Economic Conference, he will request them to bring considered schemes of development in the different Dominions in addition to proposals in connection with the stimulation of trade between their countries and Great Britain?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

The invitations to the suggested Imperial Economic Conference were, as I have already informed the House, sent out to the Dominions and India last week. I think that it would be premature to make any statement as to the agenda of the Conference until the replies have been received, but I can assure the hon. Member that the important subject to which he refers has not been lost sight of.

Photo of Sir Philip Pilditch Sir Philip Pilditch , Spelthorne

48.

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the desirability of including in any conference which may take place on trade questions the, representatives of those great British communities upon whom in important overseas markets, as those of South America, the task of re-establishing and sustaining the trade of Great Britain and the Dominions rests?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I do not think that it would be wise to enlarge the scope of the Conference in the manner suggested by my hon. Friend.