HC Deb 19 February 1920 vol 125 cc1091-2W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state the total tonnage of merchant vessels surrendered by Germany under the Peace Treaty; and what amount of this tonnage was given to Great Britain, United States, and France?

Colonel WILSON

I have been asked to reply. The total gross tonnage of German vessels over 1,000 gross tons which was surrendered in accordance with the Armistice arrangements and which is now deemed to have been ceded by Germany under the Peace Treaty is 1,824,828 gross tons, and this has been allocated for temporary management between the Allies as follows:—

Gross tonnage.
Great Britain 1,334,610
France 421,335
Italy 2,691
Belgium 22,292
Un-allocated 43,900
A total of 1,824,828

About 200,000 gross tons of passenger ships was originally allocated to the United States for the repatriation of their troops from Europe, but this was re-allocated amongst the Allies on the completion of that service and none of these vessels are now under United States management. It should be borne in mind that this temporary allocation to management is without prejudice to final ownership, the decision as to which rests with the Reparation Commission.