HC Deb 27 June 1950 vol 476 cc2090-1
42. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will consider paying compensation to ex-prisoners of war who were permanently affected by their captivity, on the lines of the schemes now operating in the United States and Australia where a sum equivalent of 5s. is paid for every 24 hours' imprisonment.

Mr. Strachey

I would refer to the statement made by my hon. Friend on 13th June.

Air-Commodore Harvey

As that statement was unsatisfactory, will the Secretary of State keep an open mind until the matter has been settled in Australia, and study the proceedings there with a view to looking into it at this end?

Mr. Strachey

I will certainly study any proceedings, but I cannot guarantee to take them as a precedent.

Mr. Vosper

In view of the widespread opinion on this subject, and the fact that many people feel that they have been unfairly treated, will the right hon. Gentleman issue a memorandum to those concerned showing how it is that America can help in this respect and we cannot?

Mr. Strachey

I think that my hon. Friend's statement was very clear on this matter.