HC Deb 23 January 1947 vol 432 c68W
Mr. J. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many of his Departments are concerned with reparations plant from Germany, specifying these departments and any others with which they are in communication regarding the same matter.

Sir S. Cripps

The German Division of the Board of Trade is responsible for framing and presenting demands for reparations plant from Germany and also for seeing that arrangements are made for its removal and disposal in this country. In both cases it operates in close conjunction with or through whatever Department of Government holds the primary responsibility for the particular type of plant being dealt with, as for instance the Engineering Industry Department of the Ministry of Supply for machine tools, the Steel Board of the Ministry of Supply for steel plant, or the Raw Materials Department of the Board of Trade for most chemical and allied plant. The Directorate of Disposals, Ministry of Supply, conducts the actual negotiations for the disposal of plant, including the fixing of the price.

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