§ 61. Sir W. Smithers
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total amount of pre-war and war debts owed by Russia to Britain; how much of this has been written off and how much is owing; and if he will give similar information of the amounts owing from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Estonia, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria and Lithuania, respectively.
§ Mr. Glenvil Hall
The amounts owed to the Government and the amounts 49W waived by the Government are known, but other amounts can only be estimated from returns made to the Government at various times. As a considerable number of figures are involved I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Following are the figures
AMOUNTS OF PRE-WAR AND WAR-DEBTS OWED BY CERTAIN COUNTRIES — Total still outstanding Total at present accrued but not paid RUSSIA £ £ Pre-war million million To H.M. Government 2,245 (b) 2,245 (b) Other 296 296 1939–45 war To H.M. Government 38 2 CZECHOSLOVAKIA Pre-war To H.M. Government 5 — Other 6 3 1939–45 war To H.M. Government 13 — POLAND Pre-war To H.M. Government 3 3 Other 11½ 9 1939–45 war To H.M. Government 57½ — ESTONIA Pre-war Other than to H.M. Government. 4½ 4 HUNGARY Pre-war To H.M. Government ½ ½ Other 23 12½ ROUMANIA Pre-war To H.M. Government 2½ 2½ Other 31 9 BULGARIA Pre-war Other than to H.M. Government. 3 — LITHUANIA Pre-war Other than to H.M. Government. ½ ½
(a) Amounts are given in round figures; totals under £250,000 have been ignored.(b) Of this sum £1,562 million is interest.Approximately £27½ millions have been waived under Article V. II of the Annex to the Anglo—U.S.S.R. Protocol of 27th December, 1947 (Cmd. 7297), and £19 million under Article III of the Anglo—Polish Agreement of 24th June, 1946 (Cmd. 7148). In addition, Mutual Aid has been furnished to Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia as described in Command Paper 6931.