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Commissions

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state, for the latest convenient period, in respect of all missions, delegations, and the like appointed under the Peace Treaty the cost which has fallen upon British funds; and whether, or not, the same is ultimately recoverable from other sources?

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply given to his question of the 3rd May in which a complete list of all the commissions appointed under the four Peace Treaties was given, and in which the ultimate liability for the cost of these commissions was indicated. With regard to the advances made from British funds, a considerable proportion has already been recovered and the accounts of a number of the missions have been finally closed. There remains outstanding, however, a sum of approximately £49,500 of which the non-recoverable expenditure amounts to about £4,000.