HC Deb 04 April 1951 vol 486 cc180-1
10. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has now any statement to make as to the progress of his efforts to obtain payment from Albania of the damages due under The Hague Court judgment in respect of the mining of His Majesty's ships in the Corfu Channel.

Mr. H. Morrison

No, Sir.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that his Undersecretary of State indicated five weeks ago that His Majesty's Government accepted responsibility for taking action to enforce this judgment? Can he say whether any such action has now been taken?

Mr. Morrison

I do not want to be too specific on this matter at this moment, but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we are doing all we can about it.

Mr. Pickthorn

Can the right hon. Gentleman be specific enough to say whether there has yet been any admission from the Albanian side that any of this money is due?

Mr. Morrison

I would really prefer not to be more specific today.