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Sterling Balances

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 22 May 1947

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in regard to the large outstanding sterling debt, whether he will give a list of the countries involved, together with the amount of their sterling balances.

Publication at this time would not be suitable, in view of the negotiations which are taking place over the next three weeks.

Will the right hon. Gentleman publish these figures as soon as the negotiations are concluded?

Most of them are already published. I think that the list of what is owed is fairly well known. Negotiations are being conducted with quite a number of these countries, and if the hon. Gentleman will wait, I think there will be something to be said later on