HC Deb 16 June 1915 vol 72 cc668-9W

asked the Minister of Munitions if he proposes to take any and, if so, what steps to prevent the importation of cotton into Germany?


I have been asked to answer this question. His Majesty's Government are already taking the following steps to prevent the importation of cotton into Germany:—Its export from this country is prohibited to all foreign ports in Europe and on the Mediterranean and Black Seas other than those of France, Russia (except Baltic ports), Belgium, Spain and Portugal. No exports are, in fact, allowed to Belgium. All cotton from overseas suspected of possessing an enemy destination is brought in, and where it is found that these suspicions are justified the ship is required to discharge the cotton, and it is restored to the owner on such terms as the Prize Court may consider just.