103. Mr. BARLOW
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the German coalowner Hugo Stinnes or the Westphalian Coal Syndicate still own or hold any interest in coal mines in Wales or Yorkshire, or other parts of the United Kingdom; if so, whether these properties or interests can be sequestered on behalf of the Government; and whether he will introduce legislation providing, as is the case in most other countries; that no aliens can hold 'and in the United Kingdom?
I have no information as to any interests in coal mines in the United Kingdom being held by Hugo Stinnes or the Westphalian Coal Syndicate other than the shareholding of him and a German company with which he is probably connected in the Northern Union Mining Company, Limited. An Order requiring the business of that company to be wound up was made by the Board of Trade on the 10th April last, and the Controller appointed by the Order to wind up the business is now negotiating for the sale of the property of the company to British subjects. The question of the holding of land by aliens in the United Kingdom is under consideration.