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Imperial Economics The Federation of British Industries has issued a

Report, to be presented to the Preparatory Committee for the next Imperial Conference, which makes several timely suggestions. It recommends that an Imperial Economic Conference should meet as soon as possible to ascertain how far the United Kingdoin and the Doininions could co:Ordinate their economic policy, and that this body Should report to the Imperial Conference. The Rationalization of industry, it is urged, should be under- taken on an Imperial basis. There should be a closer technical liaison between inchiStries in the Empire. An Imperial Information Service shoidd be established. There should be an Empire College, and co-ordinated development of air transport. The most important suggestion ggestion is, however, that a. 'permanent Imperial Economie SeCretariat should be established to advise the Imperial-Economic Conference. The example of the Leagtie of Nations Secretariat is quoted. It is encourag- ing to see it suggested that the discussion of " Empire Free Trade " at the Imperial Conference should be post- poned in favour of " more practical proposals." * * * *