§ Lieut.-Colonel CROFT
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the number of the staff of the Clearing House for enemy debts; what are the total salaries paid to the staff; and what have been the total amounts received from Germany since the Department was formed?
§ Sir W. MITCHELL-THOMSON
The staff of the Clearing Office for Enemy Debts, which includes also the staff employed in the Austrian and Bulgarian Administrations, now numbers 1,353. The total annual salaries amount to £313,000. 2495W As the hon. and gallant Member is no doubt aware, the expenses of the Clearing Office are met from a fee charged upon payments effected by the office. The total amount received from Germany in cash or account in payment of British claims admitted under Article 296 up to the date of the last month's settlement on 15th June, 1921, was £24,553,045. There has also been credited by Germany and paid out of proceeds of liquidations here under Article 297, £8,301,482.