HC Deb 17 October 1950 vol 478 c226W
Mr. Low

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many claims have been made under the Far-Eastern War Damage Scheme; how many have been paid; and what is the average delay between the making of a claim and settlement.

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.