HC Deb 05 July 1938 vol 338 cc185-6
49. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would have been the amount of principal and interest, respectively, had the agreement for the settlement of debt due to the United States been carried out; and have His Majesty's Government any plans for meeting this obligation unless the United States of America will accept settlement over the period of the agreement in goods and services?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Simon)

The figures asked for in the first part of the question are contained in Command Paper 5763, "Papers Relating to the British War Debt, June, 1938." In reply to the second part of the question, I cannot at present add anything to the Note addressed to the United States Government on 13th June, 1938, the terms of which are given in the same Command Paper.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the question of outstanding war debts is to be brought into the discussion with America when considering the trade agreement?

Sir J. Simon

That is quite a different question. I have answered the matters which are on the Paper, and I could not deal with the other matter.