§ Mr. SOMERVILLE
asked the Secretary of state for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that a claim was sent in by Lieut.-Colonel Prittie Perry, a Southern Irish loyalist, for £2,100 for injuries sustained to his property in Ireland by reason of his loyalty, such claim being based on the scale of compensation provided by the Dunedin Report; that under the terms of reference to the Grants Committee the claim has been reduced to a sum of £250; and whether he would be prepared to inquire into the facts of this case for himself and, if satisfied that such reduction is due to the limitations in the committee's terms of reference, would authorise the claim to be reopened by the committee and dealt with in accordance with the pledges of the Government as found by Lord Dunedin's Report?
§ Mr. AMERY
The Irish Grants Committee have made a recommendation that the sum of £250 should be paid to Lieut.-Colonel Prittie Perry in respect of an application for £2,100 (less £715 awarded him by the Irish Free State Courts) submitted to them by him; and as it was understood that the applicant was in need of money to complete the reconstruction of the premises in respect of which the application was made, I have on the further recommendation of the Committee paid to Colonel Prittie Perry's solicitors the full amount recommended by them. I understand from the committee that their consideration of this application and the nature of the recommendation made by them was in no way affected by any limitation in their terms of reference; and the last part of the question does not therefore arise.