HC Deb 08 July 1919 vol 117 cc1623-4W
Captain BROWN

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the allegation that, while Belgium is short of linseed oil and is paying £120 per ton for this article, the British Government is selling the same article to Germany at £75 per ton, thus giving preferential treatment to our enemy; and will he make any statement on the subject?


I have been asked to reply. In accordance with arrangements made at the Brussels Conference, 25,000 tons of linseed oil were sold to Germany at £78 per ton. When this price was fixed linseed oil could be purchased in the United Kingdom at £58 per ton, and Belgium had declined to purchase any part of the British surplus.

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