§ 7. Sir JOHN PENNEFATHER
asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the case of Mr. E. Clark Revell, of Liverpool, whose claim for reparations amounting to £640 has been treated as belated although he has submitted evidence to prove that his delay in claiming was due to absence in remote parts; and, if so, will this fact be taken into consideration in assessing the amount to be paid to him?
Mr. Revell's first application to the Reparation Claims Department was on 22nd February, 1923, after the final date for admission of claims (30th December, 1922), and after payment of awards out of the £5,000,000 had commenced. As Mr. Revell had been in England in 1922 from 25th January to 28th February; from 31st July to 14th August; and from 30th September to 9th October, the Royal Commission did not consider that there were exceptional circumstances of excuse for the delay. His claim will receive careful consideration in conjunction with other belated claims. I may add that in 1917 a disablement allowance of £11 a month was awarded to Mr. Revell in respect of nerve trouble caused by the torpedoing of his ship. This allowance was continued for five months, after which the claim was settled by payment of a lump sum of £150. Mr. Revell also received £50 for loss of his effects.