HC Deb 20 June 1951 vol 489 c508
35. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will consider distributing any unclaimed naval prize money to naval personnel who were taken prisoner prior to completing the necessary time at sea to qualify for prize money.

Mr. Callaghan

No, Sir. I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my reply to his Question on 25th October last.

Brigadier Clarke

Does the Parliamentary Secretary recollect that a small number of naval personnel in submarines were taken prisoner during the early days of the war and are not entitled to any Atlantic Star or gratuity and that this is an excellent opportunity to give them some of the money which everybody agrees is due to them?

Mr. Callaghan

I recollect it well, but the hon. and gallant Gentleman knows that it would need a new Act. This matter was considered when the last Act leading to the Royal Proclamation was before the House.

Commander Noble

Is there any undistributed prize money?

Mr. Callaghan

Yes, Sir, about £600,000 or £700,000.