§ 4. Lieut.-Colonel JAMES
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that before the War the Montenegrin Government obtained a 5 per cent. loan mainly provided by British capital, on which loan the interest was regularly paid by the Montenegrin Government; whether the Jugo-Slav Government since the forcible annexation of Montenegro has assumed any responsibility in regard to this loan and paid any interest; and whether, see- 1323 ing that the Serbian Government has received certain reparation sums from the Central States on behalf of Montenegro and in view of the fact that the loan was obtained from British capital, he will cause representations to be made to Belgrade on this subject, in order to produce a satisfactory arrangement to be arrived at in regard thereto?
§ Mr. McNEILL
The answer to the first part of this question is in the affirmative In regard to the second and third parts, His Majesty's Minister at Belgrade has been in communication with the Serb-Croat-Slovene Government in regard to the assumption of responsibility for the Montenegrin loan since the incorporation of Montenegro in the Serb-Croat-Slovene Kingdom, and supplementary budget estimates were recently passed in which provision was made for the service of the current coupons. The question of arrears of interest is still under discussion.