HC Deb 14 August 1919 vol 119 cc1672-3W

asked the Minister of Labour if the Government contemplates a scheme to provide compensation for those British civilians who, being in Germany in August, 1914, were made prisoners by the Germans and were only released on the termination of hostilities, especially when they can prove that such imprisonment has caused them grievous financial loss?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to Clause 2 of Annex I. to the Reparation Clauses in the Treaty of Peace, from which it appears that "injuries to life or health as a consequence of imprisonment, deportation or internment "may be made the subject of a claim for compensation against the German Government. It does not, however, appear that any provision is made for the presentation of claims on account of internment unaccompanied by injury to life or health.