Oral Answers to Questions — Lend-Lease Operations

– in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the importance of the information contained in the reports by the President of the United States of America to Congress on the progress of Lend-Lease operations, he will arrange for copies to be made available to hon. Members?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for drawing the attention of the House to these most interesting reports, which deserve to be widely read and studied. They illustrate the volume of supplies in warlike goods and services for which the British peoples and the other United Nations are indebted to the generosity, the skill and the industry of the United States. They show that the people of the United States are ready to spare no sacrifice in order to contribute to the common pool of supplies which will be the instruments of our common victory. They also reveal, I am glad to say, that we and our Allies have been able to-make some contribution in return to American needs in goods and services. I am arranging for copies of the fifth and sixth reports to be made available in the Library and propose to circulate in the same way further reports on convenient occasions.