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Germany (British Claims)

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 15 June 1922

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether British subjects whose claims against Germany have been admitted and who are entirely without means will be allowed to prosecute their claims before the mixed arbitral tribunal in formâ pauperis; if not, the reason; whether it is held that the German law of 1915, which forbids the export of values of all kinds to enemy countries, has any bearing on these claims; and, if so, the reason?

I have been asked to reply. Claims which have been formally admitted by the German Clearing Office do not require to be prosecuted before the Mixed Arbitral Tribunal. The British Clearing Office is prepared in suitable cases to consider giving assistance to claimants without means in bringing contested claims before the tribunal for adjudication. The point raised in the last part of the question is for determination by the tribunal.