§ 29. Mr. MYERS
asked the Prime Minister whether he can state approximately the number of Diesel engines which the Ambassadors' Conference, in accordance with its decision of 2nd December, has called upon Germany to destroy; whether any of these engines are capable of being used for other than naval purposes; and whether the Allies will see that Germany is not called upon to destroy engines capable of being used for industrial purposes?
It has been decided to leave the engines at the disposal of the German Government on the understanding that they can be used for commercial purposes only. To ensure that this is actually the case, the German Government has been asked to report the actual employment of these engines not later than 31st March, 1921.
Sir F. HALL
The engines were to be destroyed under the Peace terms. If these engines are not going to be destroyed but are going to be handed over to Germany for industrial purposes, ought not Germany, under the circumstances, to pay for them?
§ Mr. BILLING
Have the Government considered the advisability of taking over these engines for our own commercial work, having regard to the fact that they use crude oil, by which great economies can be effected?