51. Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the undistributed balance of the sum of £5,300,000 voted by the House for payments to those who suffered loss and damage through enemy action, which is surrendered to the Treasury at the end of this financial year, will be re-allocated by the Government for distribution to these sufferers next year?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
There is no "fund" of £5,300,000 and no "undistributed balance," if by that is meant money actually in hand. Votes to pay the "Sumner" and "belated" awards have been taken yearly as required since 1921–22 and the amount unspent each year has lapsed in the normal way. The amount provided in the current year's estimates for the payment of the balance of awards recommended by the Sumner Commission and under the scheme for belated claims is £80,000. It is expected that payment of the awards will be almost entirely completed by 31st March, and the question of a re-Vote will only arise if this proves not to be the case.
§ Mr. A. V. ALEXANDER
Is it not a fact that the Government have received an unexpected amount from Germany as compensation for loss of profits? In view of this new fund, will the right hon. Gentleman answer the question if it is put down again in a different way?