HC Deb 21 February 1917 vol 90 c1324
52. Captain BARNETT

asked whether the Government are considering the measures to be taken at the end of the War, or otherwise, for protecting the interests of firms in this country to whom debts are due from enemy countries?


A Committee was appointed by the Treasury on the 13th November, 1916, under the chairmanship of Sir Henry Babington Smith, K.C.B., to report on the arrangements to be adopted for the liquidation of the commercial, banking, and other financial transactions between British and enemy persons, the completion of which was prevented by the outbreak of War, and for this purpose to consider the returns made to the custodians of enemy property and to the Public Trustee and the Foreign Claims Office and any information on matters relating thereto.

The members of the Committee are:—

  • Sir Henry Babington Smith, K.C.B., Chairman.
  • The Right Hon. Donald Maclean, M.P.
  • The Hon. M. Macnaghten.
  • Sir Algernon Firth, Bart.
  • Sir William Plender.
  • Mr. C. J. B. Hurst, of the Foreign Office.
  • Mr. Brien Cokayne, Deputy-Governor of the Bank of England.
  • Mr. Walter Leaf.
  • Mr. Stewart, Public Trustee.
  • Mr. J. J. Wills, of the Board of Trade.
The Secretary of the Committee is Mr. H. Mead Taylor, Gwydyr House, Board of Trade.

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