HC Deb 22 February 1922 vol 150 c1892
45. Mr. RAPER

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that His Majesty's Government have decided to make a loan of £2,000,000 to Austria on the security of Gobelin tapestries, His Majesty's Government can also see their way to make a similar loan to the British subjects who have approved claims against the Turkish Government arising out of the War, in view of the fact that these claims are recoverable from our late enemies, of the great suffering to many of the British claimants, and of the severe loss to British trade in the Near East which is in the meantime being occasioned.


No, Sir; the Government do not see their way to ask Parliament for authority to adopt this suggestion.


Is it now to be the permanent policy of the Government to give money to assist ex-enemy subjects and to refuse to assist British subjects?


I really think that implication is quite unfair.