Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
On Friday last the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Graydon) asked me a question with regard to the distribution of
reparations from Germany, as to the channels that would be used for that purpose. At the time I said I was unable to give an answer offhand but that I would give the hon. member a reply at the earliest possible moment. The answer is as follows:
The question of the distribution in Canada of reparation which may be received from Germany is at present under consideration by the interdepartmental committee on reparation. Information has been sought as to the procedures employed in other countries for the distribution of the proceeds from German reparation, but the committee is not yet in a position to make firm recommendations to council on this subject. As regards German industrial equipment, a subcommittee of the interdepartmental committee on reparation has been set up to deal specifically with this problem. The Canadian Manufacturers Association is represented on this subcommittee, and a close liaison is being maintained with Canadian industry in order that the government may be in a position to bid for German equipment most, necessary for Canadian economy.
The final disposal of the German ships Huascaran Tiefland, and Weserwehr has not yet been decided, but the authorities in the Department of Transport are arranging for preliminary inspection of these ships.
Subtopic: INTER-ALLIED AGENCY-CANADA'S REPRESENTATIVES ALLOTMENTS TO CANADA