HC Deb 19 March 1929 vol 226 cc1602-3
48. Sir B. PETO

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the number of the total claims and of the British claims against Turkey that have not yet been considered by the international Commission set up in 1923 to assess claims for damages against the Turkish Government; and whether he will make urgent representations to the Commission to accelerate and complete their work?


I understand that the total number of claims submitted to the Commission for the Assessment of Damage suffered in Turkey is 16,516, and that of these 14,792 have now been assessed. Of the total claims 4,969 were British, and of these 4,568 have now been assessed. Representations have been made to the Commission by the Governments concerned of the necessity of expediting their work, and His Majesty's Government are satisfied that all possible steps to this end are being taken by the British Delegate.


As the assessment of the claims of British subjects is now very nearly complete, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that many of these people have been waiting for six years without any compensation, and that some of them are already dead? Will he therefore ask his right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to bring his whole influence to bear in order to secure an expeditious settlement?