§ 53. Sir B. PETO
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that under the Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Acts, 1919 and 1920, interest at 5 per cent. was payable either from the date of the injury or the date of the decree, which was usually granted within three months from the injury; that the Irish Grants Committee, contrary to the terms of those Acts, is declining to allow interest; and whether, in view of the terms of Lord Dunedin's Report, the Government will give to Irish loyalists the Beale of compensation provided for by the Irish Acts?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Churchill)
I have been asked to reply. The reply to the first part of my hon. Friend's question is in the affirmative. As regards the second and third parts, I am informed that the Irish Grants Committee, in arriving at their recommendations, take account in every instance of all the circumstances of each case up to the date of their recommendation and, as my hon. Friend was informed by the Prime Minister on the 17th May, the Government are satisfied that the Terms of Reference as interpreted by the Committee fully carry out the recommendations contained in the Report of the Committee over which Lord Dunedin presided.