HC Deb 16 July 1924 vol 176 cc387-8W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, taking the whole of the so-called belated claims sent in to the reparation claims department, he will state firstly the number so sent in by men of the mercantile marine, secondly, those submitted in connection with the effects of air raids, thirdly, as a result of enemy bombardments, and fourthly, under the heading of miscellaneous; and whether he will give the aggregate amount of claims put forward in each section?


As to the first part of the question, it will not be possible to give the figures desired until particulars in all of the 29,000 cases in the belated category have been furnished and examined. As regards those cases in which particulars have been 20,163 claimants have returned 25,747 forms. Of these, 22,697 have been returned by seamen and fishermen, and a few by passengers or their dependants. 1,760 are in respect of air raids, 112 in respect of bombardment, and 1,175 miscellaneous. As to the last part of the question, the amount cannot be stated, since in the majority of cases no definite amount is claimed.


asked the. Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether widespread notice was giver of the facilities for insurance against enemy damage or destruction during the late War; and whether the fact that these facilities existed was borne in mind when His Majesty's Government were considering the treatment to be accorded to claimants in respect of such damage?


The answer to both parts of the question is in the affirmative. The hon. Member will find in paragraph 11 of the Second Report of the Royal Commission (Command Paper 2066) a clear statement of the principles actually followed in making awards.