§ Lieut.-Colonel WILLEY
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the total weight of dyestuffs received from Germany to date by way of reparation; and the average value calculated as credited to Germany, the average value of the quantity disposed of to date to this country and to other countries, the average values of comparable dyes at present ruling in this country, and the average market value of comparable dyes ruling in this country in 1913?
The total weight of dyestuffs received by this country from Germany by way of reparation up to 31st December last was 4,070 tons, in respect of which approximately £570,000 (or £140 a ton) was credited to Germany. 2,400 tons have been sold for approximately £381,000 (after the deduction of expenses of realisation), or £228 a ton, which therefore represents the values ruling at the dates of sale. I regret that the remainder of the information asked for is not in my possession.
§ Mr. KENNEDY
asked the President of the Board of Trade if any reparation receipts from Germany have yet been allocated to the Exchequer of the United Kingdom; and at what date it is expected that claims registered in the Reparation Claims Department for compensation in respect of suffering and damage by enemy action will be examined and paid out of the £5,000,000 to be provided for this purpose out of reparation receipts?
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to a similar question by the hon. and gallant Member for the Hexham Division (Major Brown) on the 14th instant.