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Germany (British Claims)

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 29 June 1922

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether be is aware of the great delay on the part of the German Government in satisfying claims of British creditors under Article 297 of the Treaty of Versailles in respect of debts admitted by German debtors and paid by such debtors to the Treuhandeler; that in partnership cases where British and French creditors are jointly concerned the proportion due to French partners has been paid, and that due to British partners withheld; and whether he will try to expedite payment by suggesting the imposition of a time limit or otherwise?

With regard to the first and last parts of the question, I would refer to the reply given to the hon. Member for Acton (Sir H. Brittain) on the 31st May. I am not aware that French partners have been paid in advance of British, but if my hon. and gallant Friend can furnish me with details of some specific cases, I shall be glad to look into the matter.