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.
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?