From 1932 to 1938, the governments of the former Irish Free State and the United Kingdom were involved in a long-running Anglo-Irish trade war, which was not in the interest of the economy of either state. In September 1937, Malcolm MacDonald made it clear to the United Kingdom that the United Kingdom was prepared to abandon the ports if the Irish gave assurances that the British could use them in wartime.  Under pressure to ease the weight of the trade war, de Valera proposed talks between the two governments in November 1937.  Shortly thereafter, the Irish SituationAlity Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, recommended a possible package for Ireland, which would include the return of ports, subject to the agreement of the Chiefs of Staff.  Chamberlain had considered it worthwhile to abandon contract ports unconditionally “in order to obtain the essential goodwill of the Irish Free State.”  In 1938, negotiations were held to resolve the contentious issues. The Anglo-Irish trade agreement was signed on 25 April 1938; The Ports Section was: A Law on Compliance with the Management and Development of Certain Fishing and Recreational Ports in Canada As part of the colonization of the Anglo-Irish trade war in the 1930s, the ports were transferred to Ireland (the successor of the Free State) in 1938, in accordance with agreements between the British and Irish governments. The agreement was subject to parliamentary approval by both parties. The United Kingdom then passed the Eire (Confirmation of Agreements) Act 1938, which notably implemented the British Government`s agreement on the transfer of contractual ports. 27 For the purposes of this Act, the Minister may appoint and set the remuneration of public servants or employees whom the Minister deems appropriate for the operation, administration and administration of the proposed ports, and the appointed public servants or employees perform the duties or duties that the Minister may lead or, as required by the provisions of this Act.