asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will authorise the granting of licences to enable the export to South American countries of picks, shovels, hoes, spuds, coffee diggers, and other agricultural and mining tools of (he kind that have been regularly shipped from this country to South American countries?
Exports of these steel tools are subject to the Lend-Lease undertakings of His Majesty's Government. The supply of such goods to South American countries has recently been fully discussed with the United States authorities, and I am satisfied that the United States industry should be able to supply the essential South American requirements. If, however, manufacturers in this country have steel already rolled for making tools and implements for South American countries and only suitable for this purpose, I shall be glad to discuss such cases with the United States authorities.
I know that is the case with some of them, and, as I have already indicated, if there are any firms which have steel already made up into these tools, we shall be glad to take them up. But we must be very careful not to give any opportunity to our enemies to maintain that His Majesty's Government are not faithfully carrying out their international obligations.