HC Deb 19 January 1944 vol 396 cc195-6W
Sir H. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will publish the International Convention, in accordance with the terms of which British subjects are debarred from taking actions for negligence against the troops of Allied countries who are in this country.

Mr. Eden

My hon. Friend is mistaken. There is no such International Convention. There is nothing to prevent British subjects bringing civil actions for negligence against members of the forces of Allied Governments in this country, and judgments will be given in any such cases in the ordinary way. In practice it is, for obvious reasons, most difficult to enforce such judgments against the members of such forces personally; but arrangements have been made with all the Allied Governments for the satisfac- tion of successful claims except as regards certain classes of claims, particularly those arising out of traffic accidents in which members of the United States forces are involved. As, however, my right hon. Friend the Under-Secretary has already informed the House, I am at present engaged in discussing this matter with the United States authorities and am making every effort to reach a satisfactory settlement.