HC Deb 28 November 1938 vol 342 cc14-5
12. Sir A. Knox

asked the Prime Minister whether application can be made to the German Government to allow British subjects formerly resident in Austria, whose business has been destroyed since the annexation by the refusal of the German Government of import licences, to transfer their capital to Great Britain at a reasonable rate of exchange?

Mr. Butler

I have nothing to add to the reply given to my hon. and gallant Friend on 27th July, that British subjects formerly resident in Austria who wish to transfer money abroad from former Austrian territory can do so on the same conditions as British subjects wishing to transfer money from any other part of Germany.

Sir A. Knox

Is it not a fact that Italian subjects in Austria are allowed to retain possession of their goods; and, in view of the very large number of German subjects in this country, could not the Government apply pressure to such Germans in order to obtain reciprocal treatment for British subjects in Germany?

Mr. Butler

I have not the information necessary to answer the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's supplementary question, so I cannot, I fear, give him a lull reply.

Mr. Thorne

Is it not a fact that the reason why the Italians get preference is that Mussolini and Hitler are bosom companions?