16 nation conference discusses post-war economic reconstruction within Europe.
C.U. Britain's Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin speaking. (see dope sheet for full text of speech). "We should use all our endeavours and all the constructive ability we possess to secure the establishment of conditions in which our people are free from want ..."
L.S. General view of the conference room - Bevin standing speaking "The first five minutes we will give up to the photographers". S.C.U. French Foreign Minister, Georges Bidault speaking (in French). C.U. Bidault speaking. C.U. Paul Spaak of Belgium. S.C.U. Italian delegation. C.U. Head shot of Spaak.
M.S. Bevin speaking. "A little over nine months ago, when the United States Secretary of State made his famous Harvard speech. Two principles emerged from that speech. One which we regard as the most important, the call to Europe to co-operate to save itself. There was also the encouragement that if that step was taken there would be an urge for supplementary aid to enable us to emerge from the difficulties that had been thrown up..."
L.S. General view of delegates taking their places. M.S.C.U. Georges Bidault speaking (silent shots). M.S.Delegates listening. (2 shots). C.U. Bevin sitting down. M.S. Backs of delegates heads. L.S. Looking down table to chair at far end. L.S.M.S. More general shots of delegates (4 shots). L.S. General view of conference. Bevin standing at far end. (3 shots). M.S. a delegate alighting from car and walking up steps. M.S. Count Carlo Sforza, Italian delegate arriving. M.S. Posing for camera. (Half length) M.S. He walks up steps. C.U. a Rolls Royce drawing up. M.S. Bevin alights and walks up steps. S.C.U. flags on wall plaque. C.U. M.S. Paul Spaak sitting at table in conference room. Spaak with Belgian delegation. L.S. table, showing name plaques of countries. M.S.C.U. Angle shot of Bevin speaking. (silent).
Mute Lav. Comb. Cuts 48/23.