HC Deb 31 July 1931 vol 255 cc2636-7
43. Captain BOURNE

asked the Prime Minister if he can make a statement on his recent visit to Berlin?


A communique has already been issued and was published in the newspapers in this country on Wednesday morning. The House will remember that this visit was originally arranged purely as a return to that paid by the German Ministers from the 4th to the 9th June. An opportunity, however, was taken to pursue the conversations which were begun at Chequers and to examine the financial position of Germany in relation to the work done at the London Conference. As the result of these conversations we were further convinced that the action proposed at that Conference should relieve the immediate financial difficulties of Germany, and enable a considered judgment to be formed as to whether Germany required further credits, and in what form they should be supplied. The committee set up by the Bank for International Settlements on the suggestion of the London Conference to report upon this is now at work and it will come to its conclusions without delay. During our stay in Berlin we also reviewed the more important questions in which the two countries are interested, such as Disarmament and the Geneva Convention on Hours to be worked in Coal Mines. We have to assure the House that the welcome we received from the public and the Press, as well as from the Government, was of the most cordial nature.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is the Prime Minister in a position to say anything about the reported conversations about tariffs which received wide publicity in the English newspapers?


I was not aware of it.