HC Deb 05 January 1916 vol 77 cc941-2
18. Mr. KING

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that several millions of British capital have been sunk in undertakings supplying coal gas to the public in various cities of Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Belgium; whether a register is being kept of the various undertakings of this and similar kinds in enemy countries; and whether, in any steps taken by the Government against enemy property, British interests abroad will be borne in mind?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)

I am aware that large amounts of British capital are employed in the manner stated in my hon. Friend's question. Arrangements were made last June for the registration with the Public Trustee of particulars of British property in enemy countries and in territory in enemy occupation. Due consideration will be given to all the circumstances in any steps which may be taken with regard to enemy property in this country.