Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 7th May 1940.
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is in a position now to state the result of the trade talks between England and Eire; and whether he proposes to give financial assistance to Eire farmers to enable them to make good our loss of Denmark's dairy produce?
Discussions with the Eire Ministers of Supplies and Agriculture were held from Tuesday to Friday last week and were then adjourned until later this week. In the interval discussions between Eire and United Kingdom officials are continuing. Pending the conclusion of these discussions I am not in a position to make any statement on the subject.
Is it true as reported that a demand was made for favourable treatment as regards the supply of foodstuffs, as against the British farmer?
I would ask my hon. Friend to await any decision that is arrived at. So far nothing has been agreed at all.