16. Miss CAZALET
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the claim of Mr. Joseph Martin against the Soviet Government for compensation for wrongful imprisonment in 1919 and 1920 is still unsettled;. and whether he will consider the possibility of pressing the Soviet Government to meet this and similar claims by British subjects for compensation for personal injury?
§ Mr. EDEN
Yes, Sir. This claim, in common with other claims of a similar nature, has been constantly before His Majesty's Government, who are most anxious that an adequate settlement of them should be reached. I can assure my hon. Friend that His Majesty's Government have every sympathy with these 2397 claimants, and that they will lose no opportunity of endeavouring to secure such satisfaction of their claims as it may be possible to obtain.
Could not my right hon. Friend do something further to expedite a settlement of these claims, which have been outstanding for a very long time?
§ Sir WILLIAM DAVISON
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that meanwhile many of these people, who are very poor, are nearly starving, and does he not think that representations should be made by His Majesty's Government in the matter without further delay?