Oral Answers to Questions — Occupied France (British Interests).

– in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what Government is now representing British interests in occupied France; whether the arrangements for providing financial assistance to British subjects in occupied France, formerly undertaken by the United States of America authorities, are being continued; and, if so, through what channel?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

The Swiss Government have replaced the United States Government as the Protecting Power in occupied France. Through their representatives financial assistance will be provided for British subjects in that area. The Swiss Government have already been supplied with funds for this purpose.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Has there been any difficulty about these payments due to the German Government's insistence that they should be made in free dollars and, if so, has that difficulty been removed?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

No, Sir, there is no difficulty of that kind.