§ Lieut.-Commander FLETCHER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any reports from His Majesty's representatives abroad which indicate how Germany can finance by internal borrowing a rearmament programme estimated by competent authorities to be costing some £500,000,000 per annum?
Viscount CRANBO RNE
His Majesty's Government naturally receive from time to time reports on the internal financial position of Germany. There are, however, as my right hon. Friend stated yesterday in reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for East Lewisham (Sir A. Pownall) no official figures with regard to the total amount spent by Germany on armaments.