Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked the the result of the applications made to the Italian Government for compensation to British subjects whose property was destroyed during the attack of Italian warships upon the towns of Benghazi, Sollum, and Tripoli, on the Barbary coast, in October, 1911?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
Such claims of British subjects as have been received in this connection from Tripoli and Benghazi are being examined, and some of them have been referred back to the claimants to be put into proper form and for further necessary evidence. When the list is complete each claim will be considered on its merits with a view to deciding what action may be taken at a convenient time on bet all of the various claimants. It would, however, obviously be impossible to decide, at the present juncture, what course will eventually be adopted, and no statement can-therefore be made on the subject. No application has yet been made to the Italian Government in connection with claims arising out of the bombardment of Tripoli or Benghazi. In regard to Sollum, which is Egyptian territory, there is no town there, and I am not aware that any attack has been made on the spot.