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Refugees (Resettlement Fund)

Volume 437: debated on Monday 12 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what funds have already been made available to the Inter-Governmental Committee for Refugees on account of the 25.000,000 dollars from German reparations as provided in Article 8 of the Final Act of the Paris Conference on Reparations.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what contributions have already been received from the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden towards the 25.000,000 dollars provided by the Paris Conference on Reparations for the rehabilitation and settlement of unrepatriable victims of Nazi persecution; and what steps he proposes to take to expedite payment, in view of the urgent need to help these people.

None, Sir. The provision of the equivalent of 25 million dollars made by the 18 countries parties to the Paris Conference on Reparations is charged upon their receipts from German assets which they have claimed or are claiming from countries which were neutral. In furtherance of this plan, 50 million kroner will be contributed by Sweden and it is hoped that the balance will be fully available from receipts from other neutral countries. The total sum is to be applied to rehabilitation and resettlement. These problems, involving consultation with many governments, are being studied. The necessary funds, it is hoped, will be available when the projects come to be applied. No contribution has been made by the Government of Switzerland.