Oral Answers to Questions — Export Trade

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th September 1944.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central 12:00 am, 28th September 1944

Although I appreciate the importance of restoring our export trade as soon as possible, the needs of the Armed Forces must, for the time being, remain the paramount consideration, and I am not prepared, therefore, to ask the Service authorities to release any considerable numbers of men for the purpose referred to in the Question at the present stage. My hon. Friend will now be aware of the provision made in the Government's plans for the release of key men required for urgent reconstruction work after the end of the war in Europe.