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towards the common end, but, on the other hand, I think it
must be clear that conclusions cannot be hurried or forced,
that there must lie before us a certain period of time during
which further study and exploration of these problems must
take place, and that what has happened so far is only the
preliminary to a more extended but, I hope, a more fruitful
" I do not think any greater service could be rendered to
the cause of peace than by the exercise of restraint and tolera-
tion by the Press of both countries, whether they are presenting
their account of current events or whether they are com-
menting upon policies and upon personalities. The power of
the Press for good or for evil in international relations is very
great, and a judicious use of that power, accompanied by a
full sense of responsibility, may have far-reaching effects in
creating an atmosphere favourable for the purposes at which
we are aiming.
" Perhaps in this connection I might say one word about
the mission which last March was entrusted to M. Van Zeeland
by the French and British Governments. As the House is
aware, M. Van Zeeland has made inquiries in a number of
different countries as to the possibility of measures which
might improve the general international economic situation
and which might, by reducing barriers, once more stimulate
the flow of international trade. I have some reason to suppose
that his report is now nearly ready for presentation to the
two Governments, and I should like to express my gratitude
and appreciation of the public spirit shown by M. Van Zeeland
in undertaking this work in the midst of all his other pre-
occupations and in personally giving his attention and his
great ability to this important subject. But I would just like
to add this observation, that, of course, all that M. Van
Zeeland can do is to give us the benefit of any suggestions
which he may make as the result of his investigations, but that
the final decision as to whether or not those suggestions can
be adopted must rest with the Governments concerned.
Moreover, I do not think it is possible entirely to separate
economic from political conditions. You may have a solution
which is perfect from the economic point of view, but it may
be of little avail if there is no disposition to examine it favour-