HC Deb 28 April 1915 vol 71 cc717-8
59. Mr. O'GRADY

asked the Attorney-General whether he is aware that firms in this country having a contract with German firms, although signed in Germany, for the delivery of goods here the delivery of which in consequence of the War is rendered impossible, are having to get their goods manufactured in this country, and when the War is over will be legally compelled to accept delivery of goods from German firms within the terms of the original contract; and, if so, will steps be taken to safeguard British firms from any legal proceedings that may ensue?


The hon. Member will recollect that the Legal Proceedings Against Enemies Act was recently passed for the express purpose of providing a solution of problems similar to that referred to in the question. The solution depends on the facts of each case, but I should not have thought that the consequences suggested by the hon. Member would necessarily follow in the circumstances mentioned.


Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman know that the opinion of learned counsel has been taken, and that the advice given is directly opposite?


I have offered no opinion whatever. I assume that any opinion that may be given will be given after a full statement of the facts; but I say if the relevant facts are as stated in the question I am surprised that the conclusion should be as suggested.