Reparations

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Mr John Platts-Mills Mr John Platts-Mills , Finsbury 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when it is proposed to resume the delivery of reparations from in Western Germany in the proportions allocated under the Potsdam Agreement.

Photo of Mr John Platts-Mills Mr John Platts-Mills , Finsbury

Not having heard the answer, but anticipating a great deal of what the right hon. Gentleman said, may I ask him, in view of the fact that some 80 per cent. of German heavy industry, and therefore of war potential remains in Western Germany unscathed, does he not think it high time that we got on with the distribution of reparations to the 18 countries concerned?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The Question asked when it was proposed to resume deliveries, and I said that no date had yet been fixed. What we ought to do about reparations was not in the Question.