§ Mr. MOREL
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the amount of the actual material damage inflicted upon the civilian population of Britain by Germany during the War which, apart from military pensions, forms part of the British Imperial share of 22 per cent. of the £6,600,000,000 of reparations demanded of Germany; whether the claim for pensions is still considered as included in the 22 per cent. British Imperial share of reparations, or whether the claim for pensions has he en abandoned if it has been abandoned, of what does the 22 per cent. British Imperial share of reparations now consist; and will he specify its nature?
I would refer my hon. Friend to the answers given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the2080W hon. and gallant Member for South Nottingham (Lord H. Cavendish-Bentinck) on the 20th February last and by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the hon. Member for Epping (Sir L. Lyle) on the 4th March last. I am sending my hon. Friend copies of those replies.
§ Mr. MOREL
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the sum acknowledged by the Reparation Commission as having been paid by Germany up to date; if this sum includes the cost of the German upkeep of the French, Belgian, British and American armies of occupation up to the withdrawal of the latter, and also payments in cash as well as in kind; if he will give the total tonnage and value of the coal, steel, potash, timber, and other raw material handed over to the Allies by Germany since the Armistice; and if he can give an approximate estimate of the value of the property, national, corporate and personal, secured by the Allies from Germany since the Armistice and not included in the figures issued by the Reparation Commission
In reply to the first two parts of the question, the amount credited to Germany by the Reparation Commission as on 30th 1May, 1924, is 9,160 million gold marks (say, £458 millions). This figure refers to both reparation proper and the cost of the armies of occupation. It does not, of course, include the cost or proceeds of the occupation of the Ruhr. In reply to the third part of the question. I would refer the hon. Member to the volume published by the Reparation Commission entitled "Statement of Germany's obligations under the Heading of Reparations, etc., as on 31st December, 1922." Details for the period subsequent to this date have not yet been published. The value is included in the figure I have given. In reply to the last part of the question, the Reparation Commission is, at the request of the British Government, preparing a Return of the various Treaty payments made by Germany (comprising those not hitherto included in the figures issued by the Commission); pending the publication of this Return, I am not in a position to supply the information desired.2081W