§ 8. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can state the position with regard to compensation to British civilian internees in enemy countries for loss of personal effects or belongings at the time of repatriation or transfer from one camp to another; whether claims for compensation for detention and seizure of goods can be made by them; and to whom they should apply.
§ Mr. Bevin
Such cases are dealt with by the Foreign Office and should be brought to the notice of that Department. At the present stage, however, endeavours are being made to trace and recover missing effects and some 32 tons of baggage 593 are now on their way to this country, 27 tons from Biberach and 5 tons from Laufen. If later it turns out that effects are irretrievably lost, owners will be informed of any further steps that they should take with a view to obtaining compensation.