HC Deb 17 May 1944 vol 400 cc156-7
5. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give an assurance that steps will be taken to prevent Germany after the war, by a pro- cess of financial inflation, avoiding the payment of any reasonable reparations that may be fixed.

Mr. Eden

I have at present no statement to make on the question of reparations. In any discussions with our Allies, the point raised by my hon. Friend will no doubt be borne in mind.

Mr. Mander

In this connection, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind, and beware of, any "Pity the poor Germans" agitation?

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

Will the Foreign Secretary also bear in mind that inflationary processes in Germany not only involve the dodging of reparations, but also affect our home market, and create unemployment in our own country?

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