HC Deb 17 April 1957 vol 568 cc1913-4
33. Mr. Younger

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the compensation due under the Bonn Settlement Convention to persons persecuted by the Nazi regime on account of nationality is still most unsatisfactory, especially with regard to those who are now stateless; and what steps he is taking in the matter.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Yes, Sir. The question of extending the scope of compensation so as to mitigate shortcomings in the existing German Federal legislation is under discussion between the interested Governments. The Federal Government's reply to the eight-Power proposal referred to by my right hon. Friend on 5th December has now been received and is under discussion among those Governments. I can say no more pending the conclusion of the discussions.

Mr. Younger

While thanking the right hon. and learned Gentleman for that Answer, may I ask, if I am right in thinking that should there be a dispute about the implementation of that part of the Convention there is provision for arbitration, whether he would consider taking the matter to arbitration if we cannot get satisfaction otherwise?

Mr. Lloyd

I will certainly consider that possibility.