HC Deb 28 November 1928 vol 223 cc431-2W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Commissioners for the Assessment of Claims suffered in Turkey are yet in a position to make a decision in principle or in detail on claims already brought before them; whether Rumanian claims are being considered, in spite of the fact that under the provisions of the convention they are excluded; and whether claims of concessionary companies are being considered notwithstanding provisions of the convention?


The Inter-Allied Commission for the Assessment of Damage suffered in Turkey have dealt with over 13,000 claims and have paid, or are paying, a dividend of 40 per cent. of the amount assessed. It is not the case that Rumanian claims are excluded under the provisions of the Convention of November, 1923 (Command Paper 2028), which expressly provides for the signature of the Convention by Rumania, the only concession made to Rumania being that she was permitted to sign after the coming into force of the Treaty of Lausanne. The claims of concessionary companies are being dealt with in strict accordance with the provisions of Article 6 of the Convention, and there has been no question of modifying or departing from these provisions.