§ Mr. Bottomley
Up to 30th September 3,981 applications had been received and of these 1,990 had been approved and 68 refused. As regards the second part of the Question, it is impracticable to say what is the average delay in each case, but I can assure the hon. Member that everything possible is being done to speed up this work. He will appreciate that considerable delays may occur in individual cases owing to the necessity of making inquiries in the territory where the loss occurred.