HC Deb 01 March 1917 vol 90 c2143
54. Mr. HANSON

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Public Trustee refuses to claim as belonging to an enemy the balance of £754,982 or thereabouts paid by Sir William Plender to the Bank of England, being part of the surplus assets of the London agency of the Deutsche Bank, and, if so, upon what grounds; whether the Government will now consent to this balance being used to pay the British creditors of the Deutsche Bank, whose claims are urgent; and, if not, can he say for what reason?


The question whether the surplus assets of the London Agency of the Deutsche Bank are available for the satisfaction of British creditors of the head office is, as stated in my reply to the hon. Member for East Nottingham, one for the Courts to decide, and is now before them. Until that is decided the second part of the question does not arise.