HC Deb 26 March 1947 vol 435 c1215
10. Sir David Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Air why the claims of junior officers for the replacement of service and personal kit destroyed by fire caused by Egyptian rioters on 21st February, 1946, remain unpaid.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

There is no record in London of the claims to which the hon. Member refers. I have called for a report from the Middle East and I will write to him when it is received.

Sir D. Robertson

Would the right hon. Gentleman accept my assurance that one of my constituents, a flight lieutenant, is one of the victims? Since the fact that there is no information in London is no evidence that the claims do not exist, will he take steps to see that they are paid, because the junior officers have not the means from their slender resources to make good the kit?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Of course, such claims are normally dealt with by the command, but I have asked for a report and I will write to the hon. Member when I receive it.