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USA (War Debts)

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what war debt repayments have been made by the USA to the UK in respect of military assistance provided in conflicts over the last 30 years; (78177)

(2) how much, in today’s prices, has been paid to the USA in respect of (a) First World War and (b) Second World War debt;

(3) what sums are outstanding in relation to war debt repayments to the US; and on what dates repayments are due;

(4) whether the USA has offered to cancel the UK’s outstanding liability for repayment of Second World War debt.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers the former Financial Secretary (Ruth Kelly) gave him on 30 October 2003, Official Report, column 317W; 14 October 2003, Official Report, column 150W; 28 February 2002, Official Report, columns 1439-41W; the answer given by the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Aldershot (Mr. Howarth) on 17 December 2002, Official Report, columns 679-80W and the answer given by the Economic Secretary to my hon. Friend the Member for East Lothian (Anne Moffat) on 8 June 2006, Official Report, columns 858-59W.