HC Deb 16 September 1915 vol 74 cc142-3
5. Major HUNT

asked whether the Government are now allowing Germany to export certain kinds of goods to America; and, if so, what is the object of giving this advantage to our enemies?


His Majesty's Government have undertaken in special cases not to interfere during transit with goods of enemy origin, shown to their satisfaction to have been ordered and paid for prior to 1st March, 1915. In such cases the stoppage of export would injure the neutral owner without inflicting any damage on the enemy, who would have the money and retain the goods. Special facilities have also been given in a small number of cases for the free passage of small quantities of drugs, chemicals, and similar classes of goods, on proof produced that they are not procurable elsewhere than in enemy countries, and that their supply is essential to a neutral country. It must be borne in mind that the object of all restrictions is, not to injure neutrals, but to impose material disadvantage on our enemy.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give us an idea of the amount of goods unpaid for which have been allowed to be exported since March? Does it run into millons?


I could not say without notice. I will see if I can ascertain roughly what is the amount.