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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THE OPERATION OF THE TRADE AGREEMENTS ACT
MARCH 26, 28, AND 29, 1947
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COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
HAROLD KNUTSON, Minnesota, Chair man DANIEL A. REED, New York
ROBERT L, DOUGHTON, North Carolina ROY O. WOODRUFF, Michigan
JERE COOPER, Tennessee THOMAS A. JENKINS, Ohio
JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan BERTRAND W. GEARHART, California MILTON H. WEST, Texas RICHARD M. SIMPSON, Pennsylvania
WILBUR D. MILLS, Arkansas ROBERT W. KEAN, New Jersey
NOBLE J. GREGORY, Kentucky CHARLES L. GIFFORD, Massachusetts
A. SIDNEY CAMP, Georgia CARL T. CURTIS, Nebraska
WALTER A. LYNCH, New York NOAH M. MASON, Illinois
AIMEJ. FORAND, Rhode Island THOMAS E. MARTIN, Iowa
HERMAN P. EBERHARTER, Pennsylvania.
JAMES A. TAWNEY, Clerk
Knutson, Hon. Harold, a Representative from the State of Minnesota. 241
Reed, Hon. Daniel A., a Representative from the State of New York - 254
Customs collected per capita in United States and leading countries,
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RECIPROCAL TRADE AGREEMENTS PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1947
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to notice, in the hearing room of the Committee on Ways and Means, New House Office Building, Hon. Harold Knutson (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.
If Mr. Clayton is here, I will ask him to come forward. give your name and position to the reporter, please? STATEMENT OF HON. WILLIAM L. CLAYTON, UNDER SECRETARY
OF STATE FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Mr. CLAYTON. My name is William L. Clayton, Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Department of State.
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Clayton, we are glad to have you with us again. Our purpose in opening the hearings at this time is to give you an opportunity to appear before the committee before you leave for Geneva. We have no disposition to delay matters at all, and I say again we are glad to have you before us.
Mr. REED. I would like to ask: When do you expect to leave for Geneva?
Mr. CLAYTON. I think I personally will leave on the 8th of April. The principal part of the delegation will leave on the 5th or 6th of April. Mr. REED. May I ask just how large your delegation will be?
Mr. CLAYTON. I think about 80. Counting the secretarial service, stenographers, and so on, I think it will be about 100.
Mr. EBERHARTER. Mr. Chairman, I wonder if the chairman would state for the record just what the purpose of these hearings is, or for what purpose these hearings are being held. We have nothing before us this morning at all. We have no resolution and we do not have a bill and we have no understanding of the purpose of these hearings.
The CHAIRMAN. It was clearly stated at a previous meeting that we would open hearings on the reciprocal trade law, the way it has been administered, and also to get some information if we can from the State Department as to what it contemplates doing at Geneva. Of course, we wanted to get some information regarding this International Trade Organization they are planning to set up during the conference. The Chair was under the impression that it was quite generally understood among the membership because it has been discussed.