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Friday, 28 June 1946

Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Sydney Morning Herald to-day carries the following despatch from Washington, dated the 27th June : -

.   . United States objections had been responsible, for the failure of the British Food Minister, Mr. John Strachey, to obtain a wheat agreement with Canada. The United States opposed an Anglo-Canadian 10-year agreement, because it was regarded as inconsistent with the United State's multi-lateral tradepolicies. They pointed out that the proposed British loan agreement provided for a revision of Britain's Empire trade agreements.

I ask the Prime Minister whether the terms of the American loan to Great Britain will force revision of Empire trade preference and whether he discussed that aspect with the British Government on his recent mission overseas.

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