HC Deb 23 April 1923 vol 163 c18

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that, as a result of the impossibility of moving goods from the occupied area of Germany, heavy charges for demurrage and storage are accruing; and whether the losses involved will be reimbursed to British traders concerned, either by the French, Belgian, or German Governments, or if the British Government proposes to make good the losses from the amount recovered from reparations?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

I have been asked to reply. I am aware of the facts stated. I do not know whether in any case claims for reimbursement have been submitted by traders to the French, Belgian or German Governments, or whether those Governments would recognise such claims, but it is clear, I think, that no claim would lie against His Majesty's Government.