Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Oil Supplies).

– in the House of Commons on 7th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare whether continued supplies of petrol are being made to Spain; and what precautions are being taken, or undertakings obtained, to ensure such supplies are not misused?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

In agreement with the United States Government navicerts have been issued for the shipment to Spain of certain limited quantities of oil. In 1940 the Spanish Government undertook not to allow the export of petroleum products from Spain, and His Majesty's Government have no reason to think that this undertaking has not been kept. Moreover, an oil expert is attached to the United States Embassy at Madrid, and one of his functions is to satisfy himself as to the use of all oil imported into Spain.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Does my hon. Friend receive information from this official?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

We, of course, receive reports from our own representatives in Madrid, and I have no doubt that information received by this United States official will be made available to us.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Is my hon. Friend satisfied that no misuse is being made of this petrol supply?