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Orders of the Day — Clause 13. — (Short title, interpretation and repeal.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 22nd May 1928.

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Photo of Mr Walter Baker Mr Walter Baker , Bristol East

I beg to second the Amendment.

I do not propose to repeat what I said at an earlier stage, or to repeat what has just been said by my hon. Friend the Member for West Leicester (Mr. Pethick-Lawrence). It would be of great value to the House and to all persons who are interested in this discussion to have from the Secretary of State for War an assurance that it is the intention of the Government to call a conference of the central banks. He may have given that assurance, but it has not been given in my hearing. [Interruption.] No; well, that is what I feared, and if the right hon. Gentleman has not given an assurance I think this Amendment is amply justified, quite apart from the question of time, because it is of the utmost importance that the Government should assure us they are proposing to call that conference. I would ask, also, for a further assurance that they are proposing to have an inquiry into the form of our own system of central banking. I hope that the three Government representatives on the Treasury Bench who are consulting at the moment will be able to give us a most definite assurance on this particular point.