HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 c702W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Pensions whether all the compensation and pension allowances for dependants of officers and men of the British mercantile marine, who lost their lives through enemy action during the 12 months from the outbreak of the war, have been paid to date; if not, how many cases are still under consideration; and what action has been taken pending the settlement of these claims to advance the necessary funds?

Sir W. Womersley

Out of a total claims received numbering over 1,800, there are only 27 remaining unsettled, and all but one of these were only lodged after the end of the period in question. Several of the claims are in respect of natives of other countries. Every effort is made to secure speedy settlement, but difficulty is necessarily experienced in obtaining full information. Where this is delayed it has been arranged that assistance may be obtained from the Assistance Board under the Government scheme for the prevention and relief of distress due to the war.