HC Deb 19 February 1918 vol 103 cc630-1W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that Count Presing, Financial Minister in Bavaria, made a statement in the Bavarian Chamber on the financial situation as brought about by the War, and stated that Germany must demand from the Allies huge war indemnities in consequence of the sums of money that have been borrowed, and which he stated were equal to 60 per cent. of their income; and if he is in a position to give information about the matter?


I have seen a report in the Press regarding a speech in the Bavarian Chamber by Count Presing to the effect mentioned. He, however, is not the Bavarian Finance Minister. The Bavarian Finance Minister, Herr von Breunig, later urged that indemnities should be exacted from the enemy if possible.