HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 cc224-5
31. Sir Leonard Lyle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will cause regulations to be introduced to debar Germans from acquiring commercial or agricultural interests in any British Colony for a substantial period after the war.

Colonel Stanley

I am in complete sympathy with my hon. Friend's purpose. The matter must, however, be dealt with as part of the general policy of the United Kingdom and the United Nations towards Germany when the war is won.

Sir L. Lyle

May I ask whether it is not a fact that, after the last war, when we had similar restrictions, they were completely evaded, for instance, in Tan- ganyika, where the Germans put up dummies to hold property for them until they were ready to go into it again; and will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman see that this does not happen again?

Colonel Stanley

We will try to learn from past events.

Lieut.-Colonel Dower

Will the right hon. Gentleman remember that Germany adopted this same sort of policy against us very strongly when she held colonies in Africa itself?