§ Mr. GILBERT
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?
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 gross1092W 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.