Pauley Files

No. 917
Proposal by the British Delegation1

A Tentative Suggestion for Amendments to the Proposals on Reparations of the Government of the United States

To be added after paragraph b:—

“Removals should be within the framework of a general programme approved by the Control Council. They shall not be such as would be incompatible with the production and maintenance of goods and services required to meet the needs of the Occupying Forces and to maintain in Germany the approved standards of living, including such exports as are required to pay for approved imports for the Occupying Forces and the population of Germany. Further removals should not be such as would be inconsistent with the treatment of Germany as a single economic unit.”

Amend the last words of paragraph b to read:—

“either to pay for necessary approved imports not otherwise paid for or after such payment for imports has been effected for its own account or for the reparation account of any other United Nation entitled to reparations”

In paragraph d, after “scientific value of importance” add “monetary gold, valuables and securities”.
After paragraph e, add:—

“In cases where this power is not already exercised by any one of the United Nations”.

The paragraph is obviously not meant to refer to German property in the U. S. A., U. K., etc.2

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It might be settled in principle that at the same time as the Reparation Plan is settled, an agreement will be reached for the removal of a specific list of capital goods from the Western Zones to Russia and a specific list of goods currently produced and stocks of such goods from the Russian Zone to the Western Zones.

S. D. Waley
  1. Printed from a carbon copy on which there is an uncertified typed signature. The amendments suggested in this paper appear to refer to a variant draft (not found) of document No. 916.
  2. For the paragraph omitted here, see document No. 1045.