HC Deb 18 July 1944 vol 402 cc45-6W
Mr. G. White

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economis Warfare whether it is still the case that imports of foodstuffs from Axis-controlled sources into Greece have exceeded in quantity exports of foodstuffs from that country since the German occupation.

Mr. Foot

Under the terms of the Greek Relief Scheme the German Government are under an obligation to send food to Greece sufficient to compensate for any exports of foodstuffs from Greece to Germany and for any foodstuffs requisitioned by German troops. During the period from 1st September, 1943, until 29th February, 1944, which is the latest for which I have precise information, German imports into Greece for Greek civilians (other than Greek workers directly employed by the German authorities) slightly exceeded the combined total of exports to Germany and of requisitions. If, however, account is taken of the food wantonly destroyed by the German forces, allegedly as reprisals for Greek guerilla activities, these imports from Germany fall far short of the total of foodstuffs of which the Germans have deprived the Greek population. I must make it quite clear that for this and other reasons His Majesty's Government are by no means satisfied with the way in which the conditions of the Greek relief scheme are being observed by the occupying authorities.