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International Gifts

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 22 March 1949

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will give a list of all free and voluntary gifts in cash or kind that had been made to this country since the war by other countries; and what gifts of a similar nature have been made to other countries.

With permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the gifts referred to by the hon. Member.

Could my hon. Friend tell the House the total sum involved in each case?

The total of the gifts we have made greatly exceeds the gifts which we have received.

Following is the list of gifts

Apart from E.R.P. aid and post-war settlements with U.S.A. and Canada, gifts from other countries to the United Kingdom from the end of the war have been as follow:

New Zealand10
South Africa (gold)1
Sundry gifts of food (excluding private gifts)1

2. In the same period, the United Kingdom made gifts in cash and kind to other countries, or wrote off debts, etc., as follow:

Civil Affairs (not recoverable)49
Greece Armed Forces initial equipment, maintenance, etc.31
—Surplus stores and relief supplies2
Poland—Welfare and Social Services June, 1946—March, 19475
—Surplus stores6
Austria—before 1st April, 194610
—post UNRRA6
—Surplus machine tools0·125
Hungary—surplus machine tools0·2
Italy—estimated value of surplus stores in excess of payments under financial agreement55
Netherlands — military equipment and surpluses, estimated portion in excess of payment under Debt Settlement16
Roumania—medical supplies and surplus Army foodstuffs0·02
U.N. Fund for Arab refugees in Palestine1
Ex-Italian colonies—cost of administration11·3
Burma—cancellation of debt15
— B.M.A. expenditure (cancelled claim)23
Total (say)400

3. E.R.P.— As at 18th March the U.K. had received from E.C.A. dollar assistance to the value of £232,300,000 of which £64,100,000 had been notified as E.C.A. loan.

4. Intra-European Payments Scheme. —The use of drawing rights by the U.K. and by other participating countries on the U.K. has been as follow:


Up to end1948

Up to18th March1949

Drawn by U.K.5·65·6
Drawn on U.K. by other countries11·934·6
Net use6·329·0