German Reparation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Colonel NEWMAN:

53.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give the estimate of the total amount in sterling or gold marks which this country will have received from Germany by way of reparation at the close of the current financial year?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The amount received by the British Empire from Germany by the close of the current financial year will probably be insufficient to cover the cost of the British Army of Occupation. Nothing will accordingly have been received on account of reparation.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Is that taking into account payments we have made to Germany for extra food for miners and that sort of thing, and if not does not that show an actual loss?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I am leaving out of account entirely what we have paid to Germany in connection with food supply of the miners.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Then there is an actual loss shown so far?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

Certainly, because the Army of Occupation has not yet been paid for.

Colonel NEWMAN:

54.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the question of the amount which Germany shall be required to pay by way of reparation to this and other countries has been and is still under discussion; and can he say whether those who are engaged in the discussion are likely to come to an early decision?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The total reparation liability of Germany was fixed by the Reparation Commission in May, 1921. As regards the amount payable in 1922 the answer to both parts of the question is in the affirmative.