CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3179/6/2/3
TitleCost of Living and Rising Prices
Extent8 leaves
Administrative HistoryReferences in this address to the Depression of 1929, the World Trade Slump of 1931 and the Ottawa agreements suggest that it may have been written in the early 1930s. A fleeting reference to the popularity of Cordell Hull (1871-1955), American Secretary of State, 1933-1944, tends to support this suggestion, but might also be indicative of a slightly later date: Hull headed the American delegation to the unsuccessful Monetary and Economic Conference in London in July, 1933. Later that year laid the foundations for America's 'good neighbour' policy with its Latin American neighbours, and the following year, given authority through the Trade Agreements Act of 1934, he negotiated reciprocal trade agreements with numerous countries, lowering tariffs and stimulating trade.
DescriptionAddress on cost of living and rising prices, ?early 1930s. States that these are the most important home issues at present time, criticises the government for being unaware of the depth of the problem and for offering ineffective solutions to it. Proposes Liberal Party solution: '... we should now put a check on rising prices of foodstuffs and ... the quickest way to do this is by reduction in tariffs and quotas. And we cannot expect a Conservative Government which attributes recent improvements to tariffs to see this.'
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