§ 26. Brigadier-General COLVIN
asked the Secretary of State for War, if his attention has been drawn to the frequent thefts of British officers' luggage on German railways; if the losses sustained by officers are made good by this Government; and whether steps will be taken to make Germany responsible for these thefts.
§ Sir A. WILLIAMSON
I am informed that thefts of officers' luggage on German railways are not frequent, only three cases being known to have occurred during the past 10 months. Until recently, railway transport was entirely under military control and claims for loss proved to be the fault of the military authorities were accepted and refunds made in accordance with existing regulations. The German railway authorities took over control six weeks ago, since when no claims for loss have been reported. The German authorities are liable in all cases where theft is proved to have occurred on the German railways, provided the luggage was registered.