HC Deb 27 February 1924 vol 170 cc438-9
2. Mr. AYLES

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what has been the average monthly delivery of coal and coke from the Ruhr on account of reparations since the cessation of passive resistance; what were the average monthly deliveries prior to January, 1923; and the average monthly deliveries during the passive resistance period?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. William Graham)

I have been asked to reply, and, as the answer is a long one, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The average monthly deliveries of coal, including coke expressed in terms of coal, made by Germany on reparation account were as follows:

For the year 1921 1,500,000
For the year 1922 1,505,000
For the year 1923 no coal or coke obtained since the occupation of the Ruhr has been credited to Germany or debited to the receiving countries by the Reparation Commission on reparation account, excepting in the case of Italy, to whom the German Government continued to make deliveries for the greater part of the year.

According to information supplied by the British delegate of the Reparation Commission, it is believed that the average monthly quantities obtained by the Allies concerned, exclusive of certain quantities reported to have been received by Luxembourg against payment to the German suppliers, was as follows:

January to September, 1923 (passive resistance period) (including a monthly average of 129,600 tons delivered to Italy on reparation account) 547,700
October, 1923, to January, 1924 (after passive resistance ceased) (including up to 17th December a certain quantity delivered to Italy on reparation account) 996,400

The above figures are for coal (including coke, in terms of coal; that is, three tons of coke equal four tons of coal).

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