HC Deb 25 April 1966 vol 727 cc348-9
28. Mr. Rose

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he proposes to take further action to assist civilian victims of Nazi persecution in the Channel Islands.

Mr. George Thomson

No, Sir. The recently concluded registration of claims undertaken by the Foreign Office covered Channel Islanders who suffered in Nazi concentration camps or in comparable institutions. Consideration of other claims against Germany arising out of the Second World War are deferred in accordance with existing international agreements until there is a final peace settlement.

Mr. Rose

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a significant number of British citizens in the Channel Islands were deported to internment camps in Germany and suffered serious privation there, but these people are not entitled to any compensation under the existing regulations? Could not my right hon. Friend take action to extend these regulations to cover these people who are suffering all these years after the war?

Mr. Thompson

Yes, I am aware of the situation affecting the people to whom my hon. Friend refers. Unfortunately, the agreements to which I have referred apply only to those who have been in concentration camps or comparable institutions. The extension of these to other groups of people must await the final peace treaty with Germany.

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