§ Mr. A. HERBERT
asked the Prime Minister whether he has any official information to the effect that the Inter-Allied Commission of Reparations in Bulgaria has failed to come to an agreement with the Bulgarian Government regarding the amount of the annual payments on account of reparations, and that, failing such agreement, the Commission has demanded the payment of the entire sum due up to date under the Treaty of Neuilly, namely, 112,500,000 gold francs, a sum equal to this year's total Budget; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?
The answer is in the affirmative. Such action was the necessary outcome of the refusal of the Bulgarian Government to ratify the Convention proposed to them by the Commission as a condition for a further postponement. of their Treaty obligations. The matter now comes before the Allied Governments for consideration. I am not in a position to make any statement at the moment beyond saying that I trust that, even at this late hour, the Bulgarian Government will realise the serious results which must follow from continued refusal1472W to meet the very reasonable requirements of the Inter-Allied Commission.