Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign Countries (Debts to Great Britain).

– in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Mr. G. DOYLE:

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in view of the regularity with which Great Britain is paying the interest on her war debt to the United States and the declaration of France that she is not prepared to follow this country's example, and also con- sidering the abnormal burden of taxation imposed on British taxpayers to the manifest injury of trade, if he will state what steps he proposes to take to induce Russia and the other States of Europe to pay the interest, if not the principal, of their debts to this country?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The supposition on which the hon. Member bases his question, i.e., that Great Britain has already been regularly paying interest on her war debt to the United States Government, is incorrect, and the rest of the question is therefore hypothetical.

Photo of Mr Fredric Wise Mr Fredric Wise , Ilford

Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to make any statement as to the Paris Conference?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

The hon. Member should put that question down.