German Reparation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

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asked the Prime Minister whether the British Delegation at the Paris Conference included any members of the committee which reported to him that Germany would pay £24,000,000,000; whether the British case at Paris was based on the Committee's Report; and, if so, whether the Report will be published?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The answer to the first and second parts of the question is in the negative. The third part of the question does not, therefore, arise.

Photo of Sir William Seager Sir William Seager , Cardiff East

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the statement made in the House on 11th August, 1921, that a sum of £198,000 had been paid into an account opened in the books of the Postmaster-General, entitled the German Reparation (Recovery) Act account, he will explain why on 25th January, 1922, there was no fund available at that time out of which payments could be made to seamen; and whether any moneys are now available to meet the claims of men whose health has suffered as the result of enemy action and War strain?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to a similar question by the hon. and gallant Member for the Hexham Division on the 14th instant.

Photo of Sir William Seager Sir William Seager , Cardiff East

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many gallant sailors are suffering very great hardships by reason of this fund not being administered? They served us faithfully during the submarine campaign and their hardship is very great.