HC Deb 19 July 1904 vol 138 cc408-9

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the claim of Mr. W. B. Watson in respect of goods commandeered at the commencement of the South African War has been disallowed solely on the ground that he is non-resident in South Africa; and, if so, what is the authority for restricting compensation in this way.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttelton.) I would refer the hon. Member to Article 10 of the Terms of Surrender, from which he will observe that the sums voted by Parliament were for the restoration of the people to their homes, and that commandeering notes were only to be accepted as evidence of war losses in connection with such restoration. Persons non-resident in South Africa have therefore not †See (4)Debates. cxxvii, 1173. been considered to be entitled to assistance out of repatriation funds.