§ Sir J. WITHERS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the total amounts, respectively, of British, French, Italian, and Japanese claims put before the Commission set up by the Convention, dated 23rd November, 1923, for reparations for damage caused to the subjects of the said countries on Ottoman territories; what amounts were respectively paid to the said countries; whether the same percentage of the damage 1519W assessed was allowed and paid in respect of the claims to subjects of each of the said countries; if not, what were the respective percentages allowed; and upon what grounds the dividend on British claims was reduced from the original estimate of 80 per centum to 52½ per centum?
§ Mr. P. SNOWDEN
I understand that the total amounts of the claims put forward by the nationals of the countries named is not ascertainable since some of the claims were for no definite amount. The amounts paid by the Commission in respect of the claims of the nationals of each country up to the present are as follow:
£T gold. France … 1,954,698.35 Britain … 1,848,977.43 Italy … 1,629,192.16 Japan … 5,019.52 £T gold … 5,437,887.46
The answer to the third part of the question is in the affirmative, and the fourth part of the question therefore does not arise. With regard to the fifth part of the question, the amount of the dividend on all claims is limited by the amount of the sum placed at the disposal of the Commission by the Convention of 23rd November, 1923.