Commercial Policy in Europe

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Commercial Policy in Europe

P.T. 

(i)  Tourist Allowance & Relaxation of Imports.
 Eur. will restrict our exports to them unless we liberalise somehow.
 This is an easy way.
 When?  Sooner the better.  O.E.E.C. meets on 4/3.  Easter is coming.
 This may forestall restns. by Europe.  Import restns. can await return of A.E. & R.A.B. & decision before second mtg. of O.E.E.C. on 23/3.

R.A.B. 

We must relax imports (esp. Italy) to avert retaliation.  Ready to relax up to £30M. as B/T. propose.
Tourists.  There is a case.  I wd. prefer £35 (O.E.E.C. minimum) or £40.  Ready to have it discussed betw. Dpts.

P.M. 

£50.  Disgrace that Englishmen shd. go like beggars thro' the Europe which they liberated.

 


R.A.B.

But don't want tourist concession announced separately from imports.  Shan't have much to say at O.E.E.C. on 23/3.
 Promise on 4/3 a statement before end/month.  Only loss & not before Easter.

 

L. 

Arrangemts will have to be made for traffic : need for 6/7 weeks preparations.

 

P.M. 

£50 minimum.  Any appln. to cost £1.  Ballot.  Then a market in allowance units.

 

A.E.

 

On 4/3 give indication tht. we are considering relaxations.
My advisers wd. prefer tourist allowce. to come in on 4/3 : but I don't press that.  I agree we shall want somethg. good to say on 23/3.
With £30M. relaxation of trade, I wd. accept £40 vice £50 tourist allowance.

R.A.B.

Don't want to put it up & have to bring it down again.

 

P.M. 

Prefer to revert to old figure of £50.

 

R.A.B. 

Let it all be worked out & sanctioned finally by Cab. after my return - or earlier if urgent need arises.
  Agreed: P.T. to prepare recommns. re relaxations
    (with Ty. & F.O.) & submit that & final
    recommn. on amount of tourist allowce
    for Cab. decision.
  (ii) Long Term.

P.T.

Paras 8-end.  Hope these will be taken into a/c in W'ton talks, & tht. Dpts. may study these suggns. m'while.
If we do nothing, Schumania will spread.  Better that we shd. take initiative.

P.M.

No harm in that.

Sw. 

May be a chance to get somethg. confined to Europe, w'out m.f.u. throughout the world.

R.A.B.

Bear this in mind in W'ton talks.

 

H.M.

These pp. are of v. gt. importance as bringing us into Europe again instead of being crowded out by Schumanian methods.

 

P.M. 

"With not in" applies here as to E.D.C. etc.

Taken from C.C. 15(53) - Meeting held on 26 February 1953.