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Anglo-Indian Discussions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South 12:00 am, 19th November 1957

Is the Chancellor aware that the Soviet Union has recently provided India with a credit of £45 million on favourable terms? Is he also aware that yesterday the Foreign Secretary, speaking of the situation in Tunis, said: …it would be most unfortunate if the Tunisian Government should be forced to rely upon arms coming from the Soviet bloc."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 18th November, 1957; Vol. 578, c. 34.] Do not similar considerations apply in granting aid to India? While welcoming any aid for India's second five-year plan, would it not be most unfortunate if India were forced to rely too much on economic aid from the Soviet bloc?