HC Deb 20 December 1915 vol 77 cc20-1
46. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that German companies have branch companies in neutral countries controlled by the parent boards, such branch companies being able to trade with Great Britain and being outside the operation of British laws, and that Germans are thus still exploiting our market, the freedom of which has enabled them to make war upon us, he will reconsider his decision not to give facilities to Lord Halsbury's Bill?


The Bill recently introduced into this House (Trading with Enemy (Extension) Bill) by His Majesty's Government gives full power to proclaim any person or body of persons in a neutral country with enemy associations as an enemy; and to prohibit trade with such person or body of persons. I do not see how the adoption of Lord Halsbury's Bill would give wider powers in this direction.