Mr Oliver Simmonds: I believe that is so. We are entitled to ask, if so many of the premises of these arguments are hopelessly inaccurate, how much better the conclusions are likely to be. I believe that is one of the problems of hon. Members opposite. They know al the answers before they even consider the evidence. They have approached this subject without having looked at the necessary steps by which...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: They certainly were.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I do know. They were discussed.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why it was necessary for a representative of the U.S.A. to be present at the discussions between the representatives of the United Kingdom and Egyptian Governments in connection with the Anglo-Egyptian financial and economic agreement.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister whether, before deciding upon the recent addition of 250,000 men to the United Kingdom combatant troops, discussions took place with those of our Allies who are less heavily mobilised, with a view to examining whether it would be more advantageous to the Allied war effort that these extra troops should be provided from sources other than the United Kingdom.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would the right hon. Gentleman agree that the extent of their mobilisation, as shown in the White Paper on the British war effort, indicates that this unilateral procedure cannot succeed much longer? Would he see that there is some consultation with regard to Allied man-power, in the same way as there is in regard to Allied material resources?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of jet-propelled enemy aircraft that have now been destroyed by the R.A.F.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister in what manner it is pro- posed to report to the House upon the proceedings and conclusions of the Chicago Air Conference.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Will my right hon. Friend consider with the Minister when he comes back having a White Paper on this matter, because it is complicated and very urgent?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to a recent speech by Viscount Halifax, in Chicago, which must have the effect of undermining any export effort we may make in Latin-America; and whether this statement represents the policy of His Majesty's Government.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is it not a fact that the effect of those words has been seriously to discourage our efforts in Latin America and to give the United States representatives an opening to which the facts do not entitle them?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I beg to second the Amendment. The House is indebted to you, Mr. Speaker, for having given us the opportunity of discussing this vital matter here to-day, and it is certainly also indebted to my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton (Mr. Summers), for having placed this Amendment on the Order Paper, and for having so brilliantly introduced this subject to the House. As we proceed through...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: The point I was making was that we shall have to increase our exports by £200,000,000 annually.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: If my hon. Friend will look into the figures which show that both exports and imports will have risen in value, I think he will find that £200,000,000 sterling is a fair, approximate figure—although no two people will probably agree on the exact figure—compared with the immediate average pre-war figure. I trust that this Debate will show and, indeed, the support which my hon. Friend...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: No-one other than a political ostrich will by now fail to realise that we are operating our export trade under serious disadvantages. I would like to give an example. There is a firm in Birmingham which apparently supplies all the railway rolling stock for one great country in South America. They were urgently in need of spares, which were in the yard in Birmingham, and had stood there for...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: No, I particularly do not mean the subsidising of exports. What I mean is this. If we are to go right out for this export trade we must run risks. Some industrialists will incur losses. If we are going to make that effort, which is a much more perplexing effort, which calls for much more day to day effort than the home trade, and if we are not going to force people into it, we have got to...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Of these applications, how many have been granted by the Board of Trade?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I did not complain of it; I drew attention to the change in international economy.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I am sure my hon. Friend would not wish to misrepresent anything I said. What I said was that an important American industrialist said that the Americans proposed to roll up their sleeves. That was the whole force of my argument.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: No, Sir. I say that we should not appease other nations.