HC Deb 23 April 1923 vol 163 c33
67. Captain BERKELEY

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether a licence of the German Government is necessary for all goods imported into that country; whether the importation of articles manufactured outside Germany is curtailed by the refusal of such licences where similar goods are manufactured in Germany; and whether, in view of the trade provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, His Majesty's Government will make representations to the Government of Germany with a view to removing this restriction upon trade?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

Apart from certain articles, mainly raw materials and foodstuffs, for which an import licence is not required, no goods may be imported into unoccupied Germany except under cover of a licence issued by the competent trade-control organisation, authorised by the German Government to deal with the trade or group of trades concerned. The exclusion of foreign manufactured goods from Germany, so far as may be deemed necessary in the economic interests of the country, does not constitute an infringement of the Treaty of Versailles, and His Majesty's Government have no Treaty ground for making representations except where evidence is forthcoming that there is discrimination against this country in the administration of the import control.