HC Deb 03 May 1928 vol 216 cc1907-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. E. J. Dalley, 9, Albert Street, East London, South Africa, who received injuries and loss of personal effects when the hospital ship "Asturias" was torpedoed on the 20th March, 1917; that his claim for £500 for injuries and loss was submitted to the Board of Trade in February, 1924, by Dalley from South Africa, where he had been sent by his doctor for health reasons as a result of the injuries referred to; that Dailey was informed that his claim was rejected by the Reparations Claims Department because he was classed as a South African national, having resided there since 1920, and the man was advised to submit his claim to the South African Government; and that the South African Government state that they are unable to consider the claim, as under their Regulations the man was ineligible because be had not resided in South Africa before the War; and, having regard to the fact that the injury and loss have been established, will he say from what particular State Department the man can obtain monetary redress?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

I have made inquiries and the facts stated in the question would appear to be substantially correct. I regret that it is not possible for an award to be made to Mr. Dailey in respect of his claim to reparation because at the time of presenting himself as a claimant he was domiciled in South Africa, where he had been residing since 1920, and where he stated he intended to remain. In the year 1917 the claimant received certain payments in respect of his loss of effects and incapacity caused by war perils. If his health is still impaired as the result of war perils, it is possible that further compensation might be payable to him under the War Risks Compensation Scheme administered by the Board of Trade; but in order to establish a claim to such further compensation, it would be necessary for him to produce adequate medical evidence to prove that his present disability is attributable to a specific war peril.

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