HC Deb 20 March 1950 vol 472 cc1546-7
49. Sir H. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how, and when, the allocation will be made of the compensation to be paid by the Yugoslav Government in respect of British properties sequestrated by that country.

Mr. Ernest Davies

It will be necessary to establish a Claims Commission empowered to adjudicate claims and to distribute among successful claimants the amounts received from the Yugoslav Government under the terms of the Anglo-Yugoslav Compensation Agreement of 23rd December, 1948, as well as other moneys. It is hoped to introduce legislation to this effect as soon as possible.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

In view of the complete control of that country by Russia, is the Yugoslav Government a free agent in this matter?

Mr. Teeling

Can the hon. Gentleman give us any idea how this legislation will be introduced and whether private firms and people with business interests in Yugoslavia will be considered equally with the larger concerns?

Mr. Davies

The Government will introduce legislation to set up a Claims Commission to adjudicate the matter.