HC Deb 03 April 1951 vol 486 cc30-1
68. Mr. Marlowe

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs upon what date he notified the Governments of Israel and Transjordan of the acceptance by Mrs. Nixon of the sums offered by them by way of compensation for the death of her husband; why these sums have not yet been paid; and what steps he is taking to recover payment.

The Minister of State (Mr. Younger)

His Majesty's Government on 13th February accepted an offer by the Jordan Government to make an ex gratia payment of £3,000 in respect of the deaths of Mr. Nixon and his companion Mr. Woodford. I am glad to say that this money has now been received. The Israel Government on the 23rd March offered a similar payment of £9,500 and instructions were sent to His Majesty's Minister at Tel Aviv on 27th March to accept this offer and to report as soon as payment was made.

Mr. Marlowe

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the widow referred to in the Question is desperately in need of some maintenance? Will he take every step he can to see that the money is transferred to this country as soon as possible?

Mr. Younger

We are very well aware that several of the dependants are in need, and particularly the one to whom the hon. and learned Member has referred.