HC Deb 22 May 1919 vol 116 c559
50. Captain HACKING

asked the Prime Minister whether any and what provision is being, or will be, made, either in connection with the terms of Peace or otherwise, for compensating civilian British subjects interned in Germany for the serious business and other losses sustained by them consequent upon internment?


I can add nothing to what is contained in Section 8 of the summary of the Peace Treaty which appeared in the Press.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, on the declaration of war, the British and American Consuls requested the British civilians to stay in Germany, promising them transportation in a few days?


I was not aware of that, but undoubtedly the point raised in my hon. Friend's question does represent a very great hardship, but he, I am sure, will not forget that similar losses were suffered by many hundreds of thousands of men who had to remain in their own country.