asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the last payment was received by Great Britain on account of Bulgarian reparations; what was the amount thereof and what sum is due on the next payment; and whether His Majesty's Government, in view of the great financial strain which Bulgaria is undergoing in consequence of the earthquakes, will consider the desirability of returning these payments, or making some remission thereof, to the Bulgarian Government?
Bulgarian Reparation payments are made to the Inter-Allied Commission at Sofia, and not to individual Governments. The last payment made was a sum of five million gold francs (200,000) on 1st April, 1028, and the next instalment due is a further five million gold francs on 1st October, 1928. As regards the remainder of the Question I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for the Brightside Division (Mr. Ponsonby) yesterday.
In considering any remission of Bulgaria's debt will the hon. Gentleman consider also the advisability of setting free the prisoners who are interned and giving them an amnesty for their past so-called offences?