Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
At the request of the leader of the opposition I now wish to lay on the table a copy of the international wheat agreement in English and in French. Perhaps I could amplify the answers I gave the leader of the opposition at the last sitting. The agreement is open for signature until April 1. Fifteen governments had authorized their representatives to sign on March 6. The remaining
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twenty-one, mostly small importers excepting Australia, were still awaiting instructions from their government to sign. All of them expected their authorizations to sign before April 1. In addition to signature, the agreement is subject to formal acceptance by the thirty-six governments by July 1. Adjustment in the guaranteed quantities is provided for in the event any minor countries fail to formally accept, and for the agreement not to come into operation if one of the major countries stays out.