§ 5. Mr. James Griffiths
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can make a statement on the recent discussions with representatives of Poland on the Anglo-Polish coal agreement?
§ Mr. Lloyd
At the invitation of His Majesty's Government, Monsieur Rose, the Polish Vice-Minister of Commerce and Industry, visited London last week to discuss with me the position of the British and Polish coal industries in the export market. I am glad to be able to inform the House that during these conversations the two Governments found themselves in agreement that the collaboration of the two industries, the object of which has been to eliminate competition between them, should be maintained, and that the existing coal trade agreement between the two industries should be continued, subject to such modification as might be necessary in view of recent political changes in Central Europe. We, therefore, agreed to recommend that 2062 there should be further consultations between the representatives of both industries at an early date.