HC Deb 18 November 1931 vol 259 c830
8. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is in a position to make any statement as to the progress of the negotiations with the representatives of the French and German Governments as to the priority or otherwise of the repayment by Germany of our frozen credits due in February over reparations due later on to France?


No, Sir. I would add that the present negotiations between the French and German Governments are understood to relate solely to a question of procedure, namely, how to adapt to present circumstances the provision in the Young Plan for the appointment of a special advisory committee to inquire into Germany's financial position. With regard to my right hon. Friend's conversations in Paris, I regret that I am not in a position to make any statement.


Is the Under-Secretary aware that public opinion in this country is much more anxious as to whether we are going to be paid in February than they are about the Manchurian dispute?


I can assure the right hon. and gallant Member that His Majesty's Government are fully alive to the importance of our commercial credits now frozen in Germany.

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