By Roger Woodhouse
An account in response to British archival resources of the hunt for a co-ordinated Anglo-French programme of monetary restoration which might outline the form of postwar Europe. The pursuit of this aim is traced opposed to the history of the chilly struggle, the supply of yank financial reduction and the revival of German undefined. it's tested how the emergence of those components led France to show as an alternative to ecu integration at the version of the Schuman Plan.
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In fact, on none of the accepted criteria did Britain have any basis for making a claim against availabilities from the pool. In the meantime, however, the Chairman of the ECO had expressed to McNeil the personal opinion that, in the event of a British application, general agreement could be obtained for a 'special' allocation of up to 400 000 tons during July, August and September. 43 This assumed that the Americans could, by an exceptional effort, raise their contribution to the pool to a level of 3 million tons per month during the third quarter of the year.
His personal argument in favour of nationalisation was that a steel industry in private hands would lack the incentive to sustain, through good times and bad, a level of output in keeping with the national interest. 59 As Europe emerged from conditions of shortage, however, there was scope for reciprocal arrangements based on local strengths and weaknesses. One such was the Anglo-French Steel Agreement of March 1948. This provided for the supply of semi-finished steel and rolled steel joists to Britain on a sliding scale as French production increased; the arrangement to be on a commercial basis with the added incentive to France of regular deliveries of coiled steel strip produced in Britain.
Lee accordingly convened a working party gathered from the appropriate Departments supplemented by Sir John Duncanson of the British Iron and Steel Federation, Mr Wheeler of Guest, Keen and Baldwins, and Dr Colclough, adviser to the Iron and Steel Board. Meeting in February 1947, this group was in session at the time when interdepartmental activity following the Monnet Plan talks was at its peak; an overlap which sometimes deprived the work on Anglo-French economic co-ordination of expert advice.