HC Deb 21 February 1963 vol 672 c92W
Mr. Wall

asked the Lord Privy Seal what claims he intends to notify for payment under Article 7 (b) of the Egypt Final Distribution Order.

Mr. P. Thomas

The claims that will be notified fall into two main classes: first, claims of the same nature as any of those registered up to 31st December, 1962; and secondly, any new types that can be compensated consistently with the principles on which the claims registered before 31st December, 1962, were accepted for payment.

Most of the claims registered up to 31st December, 1962, relate to furniture and personal effects, particularly jewellery, that claimants were compelled to sell under duress when they were obliged suddenly to leave Egypt. Others relate to loss of business, shares, investments or pension; looting or theft; damage to buildings; voluntary disposal of property to save it from sequestration and loss; and irrecoverable school fees and expenses paid before 30th October, 1956.

The principles on which claims registered before 31st December, 1962, were accepted for payment require that there should have been some loss or damage suffered by British-owned property in Egypt between 31st October, 1956, and 28th February, 1959, which though not caused by Egyptian measures nevertheless resulted from the incident between the United Kingdom and Egypt. This, for example, would not include any losses or damage resulting from the actions of Israeli forces.