HC Deb 04 November 1920 vol 134 c576
74. Captain COOTE

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give any estimate of the sums received from German by this country up to the present time, either in cash or kind, under the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles?


Under the Reparation Clauses of the Treaty of Versailles this country has been allotted up to the present time 158 ex-German steamers. Of these, 52 steamers of 257,847 gross tonnage in all have been sold for £4,991,625. This country has also received under the Reparation Clauses 1,600-tons of dyestuffs of the value of 40,613,600 paper marks. Under the Financial Clauses the Army of Occupation has received in cash 346,000,000 paper marks, and in kind, accommodation and transport. Under the Economic Clauses this-country has received up to the present £4,627,356 12s. 8d. in settlement of monthly debit balances between the German and British Clearing Offices. The Reparation Commission have not yet fixed the sterling equivalent of the sums in marks referred to above.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say how much we have given back to Germany?


I want notice of any question of that kind.