§ Mr. D. REID
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the Inter-Allied Commission for the assessment of damage suffered in Turkey has had certain eases under consideration for three years without reaching any decision, although the Convention of 23rd November, 1923, provides for the prompt settlement of claims; whether he can state the total number of British, French and Italian claims, respectively, lodged with the Commission and the number of each disposed of; and whether he will take any steps with a view to expediting the work of the Commission?
I am aware that there has been considerable delay in dealing with certain claims before the Inter-Allied Commission for the Assessment of Damage suffered in Turkey; the figures asked for are as follow:
British claims lodged 5,000 Disposed of 3, 400 claims. French claims lodged 6,600 Disposed of 5,000 claims. Italian claims lodged 4,000 Disposed of 3,000 claims. Total claims lodged 15,600 Total disposed of 11,400 claims.
The British Delegate on the Commission is continually pressing for every 1919W possible step to be taken to expedite the work, and it is hoped that it will be completed by the end of 1928.