HC Deb 14 December 1922 vol 159 c3206W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that, as a result of a judicial decision in July, 1921, property of many British subjects by birth but German by parentage is charged with the payment of Germany's debt to this country; what steps have been taken to prevent such property being disposed of to purchasers who might not be aware of the charge upon it; and whether this charge includes property acquired by such British subjects after the Treaty of Peace came into force?

Viscount WOLMER

I have been asked to reply. I am aware of the decision referred to by my hon. Friend, but the circumstances in that case were exceptional. An appeal to the House of Lords against the decision of the Court of Appeal is pending. The charge does not extend to any property in the United Kingdom acquired by a person of dual nationality after the 10th January, 1920.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any of the grant for reparation for those who suffered from enemy action at sea during the late War has been handed over to any trade union or unions for distribution; if so, what proportion of the grant has been so disposed of; and whether he will give particulars?

Viscount WOLMER

The answer to the first part of this question is in the negative. The second part does not, therefore, arise.