HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 cc1052-3
21. Professor Savory

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British representative on the Austrian Treaty Commission has now been successful in his demand that a committee of experts, as laid down at the Moscow Conference, should examine the details of German assets in Austria.

Mr. Bevin

I regret that up to the moment it has not yet been possible to obtain agreement with the Soviet Delegation in the Treaty Commission at Vienna on the terms of reference to enable the Committee of Experts to get to work on the establishment of concrete facts relating to German assets in Austria, and so to carry out the intention of the agreement on this subject reached at Moscow. The discussions are continuing.

Professor Savory

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the vast proportion of these so-called German assets consists really of bona fide Austrian assets confiscated by the Nazis?

Mr. Bevin

Well, that is a very disputable point. The hon. Member had better wait for the facts.

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