By Roger Woodhouse
An account in keeping with British archival assets of the hunt for a co-ordinated Anglo-French programme of financial restoration which might outline the form of postwar Europe. The pursuit of this objective is traced opposed to the history of the chilly struggle, the availability of yank monetary relief and the revival of German undefined. it truly is tested how the emergence of those elements led France to show as an alternative to eu integration at the version of the Schuman Plan.
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8 million tons. 10 From the British point of view this was hard to accept and the possibility was raised of denouncing four-power control at the Paris Council of Foreign Ministers in May 1946 and abandoning the Level of Industry Plan completely . 11 Nothing so drastic in fact occurred, but in October Bevin publicly came out in favour of a figure of 11 million tons. 12 By December he was determined to pursue British interests regardless of any four-power agreement. 8 million tons actual production and this was how matters stood when Alphand presented the French case at the end of January 1947.
32 The following month the situation had deteriorated to the point where it became necessary to suspend all exports of coal from the UK. 33 The same day the Minister of Fuel and Power announced that from the following Monday no electricity would be available to industrial consumers in London, the Southeast, the Midlands or the Northwest and that domestic supplies in those areas would be cut off every morning between 9 o'clock and noon, and every afternoon from 2 o'clock to 4 o'clock. 34 The reaction from the United States was an offer of immediate assistance.
But I fear that in considering all our plans in the immediate future we must face the fact of a continuing shortage of steel in relation to a demand which has reached abnormal levels. 36 In January 1947 the possibility was even raised of discouraging the flow of manpower into metalworking industries because of lack of steel. 37 For a nation founded on a solid industrial base and a Labour government committed to full employment this was a matter for serious concern and boded ill for Britain's prospects.
British Policy towards France, 1945–51 by Roger Woodhouse