HC Deb 16 February 1920 vol 125 cc514-5
65. Captain BOWYER

asked the Prime Minister, whether he is aware that the resumption of trade relations between this country and Belgium is in many cases being hindered by the fact that Belgian nationals find it impossible to discharge their debt to nationals of this country incurred before the War owing to the fact that the Belgian Government under the stress of war commandeered their nationals' goods or factories and have not yet paid any compensation or owing to the, action of the enemy for which no compensation has yet been made; and whether he can see his way to bring pressure to bear on the Belgian Government to make compensation to their nationals in such cases where liability to pay arises through the commandeering of goods by that Government and to obtain speedy payment from Germany in such cases as are the result of enemy action, in order to hasten the return to normal trade relations?


This question raises a matter of Belgian domestic policy, and it would not, therefore, be proper for me to answer it.