HC Deb 29 February 1916 vol 80 cc916-7W

asked the Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether the list of firms in South America with whom trading or financial operations are to be prohibited under the Trading With the Enemy (No. 2) Act is yet compiled; whether it will be published in this country as well as in the countries where the firms the established; and whether he will make public the names proposed to be listed some time in advance of actual listing, so that names proposed could be omitted if their inclusion were found to be unnecessary or more harmful to British than to enemy interests?


The lists of persons and bodies of persons of enemy nationality and associations in South America with whom transactions will be prohibited under the Trading With the Enemy (Extension of Powers) Act, 1915, are now being prepared and provisional lists have for some time been in the hands of the principal Chambers of Commerce and of individual representatives of the interests most likely to be concerned, with a view to obtaining their advice as to the probable effect upon British commercial interests of the inclusion of the names upon the provisional lists in the published statutory list. The statutory list will be published in this country, and will, of course, be communicated to His Majesty's representatives and Consular officers in the countries concerned. It will also, no doubt, be made available to the public in such countries through the ordinary channels of the Press. His Majesty's Government have, however, no powers to publish such lists officially in countries not under their jurisdiction.