HC Deb 18 April 1957 vol 568 cc236-7W
Sir J. Smyth

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether the distribution of the proceeds of Japanese assets under Article 16 of the Peace Treaty on a per capita basis is nearing completion; and whether he is able to state the further allocations to be made to voluntary organisations specially concerned with the interests of former prisoners of war of the Japanese.

Mr. Wood

Yes. The distribution of individual shares of the Article 16 assets is practically complete, though belated applications can still be considered if received not later than 30th June next. In order to make further provision for assistance in cases of need to former prisoners of war of the Japanese, or the dependants of those who have died, my right hon. Friend proposes to make the following allocations to voluntary funds:

The Far East Prisoners of War Central Welfare Fund 17,500
The Returned British Prisoners of War Association 7,500
King's Fund (1940) 12,000

This will bring the total amount allocated to such funds for these purpose to£60,000.