504R. C. E. D. Bridge to Harrod, 31 December 1935 [a]

Bridge, the Secretary-General to the British Council, communicates that the Foreign Office is anxious to know what Harrod will say in Copenhagen, [1] because of the delicate position with Denmark in the forthcoming trade negotiations (see 506 R). [2] At the Foreign Office it was understood that Harrod would have made clear that he was only expressing his own opinion, but nonetheless they thought it wiser that he submitted his lecture to the British Legation in Copenhagen before delivering it (see 507 R). The exchange continues at 508 R.

  1. 1. Harrod, "The Choice of a Currency Policy", lecture to be delivered in Copenhagen on 10 January 1936 before the British Import Union, here as essay 16 (see note 1 to Harrod's lecture for further details on context).

    2. The Trade Agreements with Denmark, which came into effect in June 1933, were to expire on 20 June 1936. They included Danish concessions to British coal and manufactures in return for assurances that importation of bacon and ham would be free and the duty on Danish butter would not be raised and that in the event of quantitative restrictions being imposed a minimum quota would be guaranteed (see for context note 2 to essay 16 ). The agreements were eventually prolonged with minor changes only (see for instance H. P. Gøtrick, Danish Economic Policy, 1931-1938, Institute of Economics and History, Copenhagen, 1939, in particular pp. 43-51; M. S. Gordon, Barriers to World Trade. A Study of Recent Commercial Policy, New York: Macmillan, 1941, pp. 411-15, W. K. Hancock, Survey of British Commonwealth Affairs. Volume II: Problems of Economic Policy 1918-1939, part 1, p. 243, and news in The Economist, "Trade Agreements", 9 May 1936, p. 301, and "Denmark. Politics and Trade Treaties", 18 July 1936, p. 116).

    1. a. From the British Council # , one page TLS, in HP VII/G-1/8.

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