Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
A press release has been
given out this afternoon1 with respect to a conference that has been held in Ottawa during the last two or three days between two members of the British government and members of the present administration in relation to the question of the supply of essential commodities, particularly food. I thought it would be proper if this intimation were given to parliament in the first instance.
Mr. Lyttelton, Minister of Production, and Colonel Llewellin, Minister of Food in the United Kingdom, have spent three days in Ottawa and have discussed in detail with the Canadian government the question of the supply of essential commodities, particularly food. Special attention was given to the pressing needs of the liberated areas of Europe and to the supply of those foodstuffs which are in world-wide shortage, such as meat, fats and oils, dairy products and sugar. These meetings were preliminary to discussions which are to take place in Washington shortly. The President of the United States has invited Canadian ministers to take part in the Washington discussions, and the invitation has been accepted.
Subtopic: PRESS RELEASE RESPECTING CONFERENCE WITH UNITED KINGDOM MINISTERS OF FOOD AND PRODUCTION