Hugh Dalton makes opening statement at International Monetary Conference in London.
Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unknown or unclear.
International Monetary Conference in London, 1947.
General view of the conference with Hugh Dalton in the chair, speaking (natural sound). He talks of the magnitude of the reconstruction task and says the reconstruction effort may soon be set back because of the lack of means to continue essential imports. He talks of the effect on the world economy.
M/S of Dalton speaking about international trade being the key to recovery and how several nations are in danger of economic collapse and social dissolution. A photographer kneels in front of Dalton to take his photograph.
Cut to Dalton starting the meeting and welcoming the delegates of the International Monetary Fund and Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Cut back to Dalton's main speech as he talks of unsettled political conditions and the 1930s depression shaking confidence in international commerce. The bank hopes it can help to restore that confidence through reconstruction. He says the meeting is being held under the shadow of the international economic emergency that now prevails. He mentions the discussions being held in Paris. He calls upon the Governor for France to address the meeting and then chats to his secretary sitting beside him.
L/Ss of meeting breaking up as we hear Dalton's secretary and another man congratulate him on his opening statement and Dalton asking 'Was that alright?'. Fascinating bit of chit chat! Delegates get up and move off.
Cataloguer's note: Mr Dalton has a very engaging voice and manner - he sounds a bit like Sir Alec Guinness!