HC Deb 08 November 1944 vol 404 cc1377-8W
Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Attorney-General if he is aware that foreign and Dominion Government representatives, temporarily established in this country, whose nationals have caused loss of life and property to British citizens, are taking refuge behind our law and refusing compensation and ex gratia payments; and whether he will take steps to alter the law and enable British citizens to obtain redress.

The Attorney-General

Claims by British citizens arising out of traffic accidents and other incidents to which members of Dominion and Allied Forces were parties are, so far as I am aware, dealt with by the Dominion or Allied Government in substantially the same way as claims against the Crown in parallel circumstances, as to which I would refer to the answer which I gave on this subject to the hon. Member for Tamworth (Sir J. Mellor) on 13th April, 1942. In the case of some of the Dominion and Allied Governments, arrangements are in force for such claims to be assessed by the British Claims Commission, and the assessment is accepted by the Governments concerned. In the circumstances I do not think that any amendment of the existing law or practice is required.