HC Deb 17 June 1920 vol 130 cc1489-90W

asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Indemnity Bill contains no provision giving to the subject the rights and privileges of resort to the courts in cases where it is shown that the War Losses Commission have misdirected themselves (i.e., directed themselves contrary to the principles to be contained in the Bill as promised to be amended); whether it is the intention of the Government that such rights and privileges should be afforded in any of the following cases, namely, where the Commissioners refused to adjudicate; where on adjudication no damages or damages on a part only of de claim were awarded; and where the claimant was practically bound to accept such damages as may have been awarded owing to the Crown having insisted that the claimant should waive any right he might have to resort to the court as a condition precedent to the Crown entertaining the claim at all?


The Amendments proposed for the purpose of carrying into effect the undertakings given upon the Second Reading of the Indemnity Bill are set out in a White Paper, and contain a provision enabling a claimant to appeal to the Courts by case stated from the Tribunal, which will be presided over by a Judge of the High Court. The question how far, if at all, any Amendments proposed to the Bill are to have a retrospective operation is now being considered by the Select Committee.