Middle East and Europe (U.K. Expenditure)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th August 1947.

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Photo of Major Lyall Wilkes Major Lyall Wilkes , Newcastle upon Tyne Central 12:00 am, 5th August 1947

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total costs and all expenditure, civil and military, incurred by His Majesty's Government in Palestine, Greece, Egypt, Austria and Germany, respectively, from June, 1946, to the latest date; and the total value of all loans, credits and gifts-in-kind to the same Governments over the same or approximate period.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I am having this information collected and will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Major Lyall Wilkes Major Lyall Wilkes , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Would not the Chancellor agree that when these figures are published, they will show that this country has had more than its fair share in financing the recovery of law and order abroad, and that the more publication these figures have in the United States of America, the better it would be?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

If my hon. Friend had put the Question down a little sooner, giving a little more notice, I might have had the information for today, but it requires a lot of collation of information. Particularly, I would expect that the answer to the first part of the supplementary question would be, "Yes, we have done our best."