49. Mr. De la Bère
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to what extent the cost of operations of the North German Coal Control are borne by the British Government; and in what way will reimbursement be made by the countries to which the coal produced by the British Control is sent.
§ Mr. J. Hynd
Only the sterling element in the pay of the staff of the Control Commission will be a final charge on the Exchequer. Exports of German coal are being invoiced at a price which allows for the normal exporters' services performed by the Control.
Mr. De la Bère
Can the hon. Gentleman tell me when the payments will be made? Apart from the invoices, is there no system whereby settlement will be made before the coal is delivered?