HC Deb 30 January 1956 vol 548 cc594-5
30. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what claim for compensation has been sent to the Jordan Government in respect of damage to British life and property during the recent riots there.

Mr. Nutting

The one British casualty in the recent riots in Jordan was Colonel Lloyd, to whom I shall refer in my Answer to the next Question by the hon. and gallant Gentleman.

Damage to British property during the disturbances of both December and January was comparatively slight and a preliminary assessment suggests that it will not exceed a figure of £1,000. Her Majesty's Ambassador in Amman has notified the Jordan Ministry of Foreign Affairs that we formally reserve our right to claim compensation as soon as detailed figures are available.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Must we take it from that Answer that compensation is only to be claimed in respect of damage to property?

Mr. Nutting

The hon. and gallant Gentleman has put down a Question in connection with the death of Colonel Lloyd, and perhaps he would prefer me to answer his supplementary question when I reply to that Question.

Mr. Warbey

Are the Government proposing to increase their subvention to the Jordan Government to the extent necessary to cover this claim for compensation?