Oral Answers to Questions — War Effort (Financial Help, United States and Dominions).

– in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Mr. Craik Henderson:

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give time for a discussion on the Motion standing on the Order Paper in the name of the hon. Member for North-East Leeds relating to our appreciation of the financial assistance to the war effort received from the United States of America, the Dominion of Canada and other Dominions?

[That this House desires to place on record its high appreciation of the generous financial assistance which this country has received from the United States of America and from Canada, and its indebtedness to those of our Dominions which have rendered help and assistance in so many ways.]

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

The nation's high appreciation of the generous financial assistance received from the United States of America and Canada and our gratitude for the help so freely given us in countless ways by the Dominions as a whole are not, I think, in any doubt, and my right hon." Friend the Prime Minister has endeavoured to voice it on various occasions on behalf of the country and of this House. In the circumstances, no formal reaffirmation of our gratitude is, in my judgment, required at this stage.

Photo of Sir Stanley Reed Sir Stanley Reed , Aylesbury

May I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman whether he does not consider that during the Budget Debate totally inadequate appreciation was expressed of the magnificence of those contributions, when the easing in our financial position is almost entirely due to the assistance from America and Canada?

Mr. Davidson:

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman guarantee that our appreciation will not lead us into any unwise treaties at the end of this war?

Photo of Sir Joseph Lamb Sir Joseph Lamb , Stone

Is it not a fact that reciprocation has been the best answer that could possibly be given, and that it has been freely given?