HC Deb 01 July 1963 vol 680 cc8-9W
Mr. Hirst

asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made towards the distribution of the sum made available to relieve comparative hardship among British owners of desequestrated property in the United Arab Republic.

Mr. Heath

The Egyptian Grants Committee, whose constitution my hon. Friend the then Under-Secretary announced in the House on 7th February has received a number of applications for these grants and has made a preliminary examination of them. It now appears, however, that a number of potential applicants may well have been unable, for various reasons, to complete their applications before the terminal date of 1st July. It has therefore been decided to extend the time limit for applications for grants out of the £2½ million fund up to September 1st, 1963. No application that is not received in completed and definitive form by that date will be considered by the Committee; and no further extension of the time limit is contemplated.

This time limit does not apply to applications for grants out of the £500,000 fund allocated for assistance towards the settlement of agents' charges.