HC Deb 19 October 1916 vol 86 cc706-7

asked whether Belgian workmen who work for the enemy in Belgium and civilian Germans in Belgium receive, and are entitled to receive, the regular quota of food allotted to the civilian population of Belgium and imported by the Neutral Commission; whether out of their earnings these Belgian workmen and civilian Germans are also able to purchase additional foodstuffs; whether this arrangement is in accordance with the agreement assented to by the British and German Governments, respectively; and whether the Government will communicate to the House of Commons the terms of the agreement for the importation and distribution of food in Belgium by the Neutral Commission and the German Government?


The principles on which the Commission works are that no German can receive any supplies from it, no Belgian who is earning enough to feed himself from native supplies at their present high prices receives anything from the Commission but bread, and any Belgian working under coercion by the Germans should be maintained by the Germans. If my right hon. Friend desires further particulars of the actual working of the Commission I shall be glad to give them to him, but I do not think it would be desirable to publish the agreement to which he refers.

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