§ Sir H. BARNSTON
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether steps can be taken to secure some acceleration in the procedure of the Anglo-German Mixed Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the Treaty of Versailles; and whether he is aware that there are instances where claimants have been informed there is no chance of their cases being reached this year, though statements of claim have been made to the Foreign Office as long ago as 1918, and the written proceedings were closed and statements of witnesses lodged as long ago as last June?
§ Mr. PONSONBY
In order to accelerate the work of the Anglo-German Mixed Arbitral Tribunal, a second division of the Tribunal was set up last year. This division started work last October, and it is hoped that the result will be to accelerate the settlement of the cases still outstanding. I recognise, and deplore, the fact that considerable delays have arisen in the working of the first division.