About the only cheerful news in Sir Kingsley Wood's 140-minute Budget speech concerned the New World. Lend-Lease shipments to the United Kingdom, he told M.P.s, totaled nearly 2% billion dollars up to March 31, now average 400 million a month. Canada's gifts of food and war materials since the beginning of the war have exceeded four billion dollars.
A few days later Washington announced that the Lend-Lease aid to Russia had jumped from 400 million dollars in February to 600 million in March.
Grand total up to March 31: three billion.