November 7, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)



As I go on with this explanation I shall show the recent developments. We were very much concerned about it in the spring. We did not know how far the demands of Britain would go. We were told the situation and asked for a certain tonnage. We suggested we could obtain replacements in the United States, but since the crisis

developed, I think last June, we have not as a matter of fact received a single tanker load of gasoline or oil products of any kind in United States bottoms. Should we be allowed to keep our present tanker space, in British and Norwegian bottoms, we would have to consider how we should get along, but we believe that with Britain's present situation and the return of certain tankers to the United States we are reasonably assured of fairly adequate supplies for the winter.

Topic:   THE WAR
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