French Supplies (German Acquisition).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Warfare. – in the House of Commons on 24th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

I do not know what estimates my hon. Friend has in mind. The German authorities are not in the habit of revealing the extent of their depredations. Taking the rate of exchange at 176 francs to the pound sterling, the value of the industrial products removed by the Germans from France between the date of the armistice and the end of 1941 is approximately £200,000,000, while the value of foodstuffs so removed may be anything between £150,000,000 and £250,000,000. As regards securities, the information I have received is not sufficient to enable me to give a figure.