HC Deb 10 July 1957 vol 573 cc38-9W
Mr. N. Pannell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the result of his representations to the Belgian Government regarding the claim of Mr. Wilfred G. Soltau, a British subject, for war damage to his property in Belgium.

Mr. Ian Harvey

No formal representations have been made to the Belgian Government. Under the Anglo-Belgian War Damage Agreement of 7th June, 1948. British nationals are entitled to compensation equal to that accorded to Belgian nationals in respect of similar loss or damage; there is no evidence that Mr. Soltau, who is resident in England. is receiving any less favourable consideration by the Belgian authorities than a Belgian national would do in comparable circumstances. Informal inquiries show that Mr. Soltau's representative in Belgium sent completed forms to the Belgian war damage authorities on 26th April, 1957, and that his claim is still under examination. Her Majesty's Consul-General at Antwerp has been instructed to make further inquiries.

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