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Polish Nationalisation Law (British Interests)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about the progress of discussions on compensation for British interests in Poland which have been nationalised by the Polish Government.

I have now heard from the Polish Government that they are ready to open discussions with His Majesty's Government as to compensation of British interests affected by the Polish nationalisation law of 3rd January, 1946, and that the terms to be granted to those interests will be no less favourable than those accorded to the United States interests under the Polish-American Financial Agreement of December last. I am also assured by the Polish Government that they will give careful consideration to a memorandum, dealing with the particular application of these terms to British interests, which had previously been submitted to them on my instructions by His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires. His Majesty's Government are, therefore, inviting the Polish Government to send to London a delegation to discuss the setting up of an Anglo-Polish mixed Commission and to agree the terms of reference of such a body.