HC Deb 22 June 1982 vol 26 cc69-70W
46. Sir Anthony Royle

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the names and ages of Chinese sailors from Hong Kong who have been (a) killed and (b) wounded, fighting for the United Kingdom in the Falklands conflict; and if he will set out the action taken to assist the families of each individual.

Mr. Blaker

The following Hong Kong Chinese embarked with the task force are missing, presumed dead:

Leung Chau 61
Sung Yuk Fai 51
Yeung Shui Kan 43
Yu Sik Chee 60
Lai Chi Keung* 31
Ben Kwo Kyu† 50
* Laundryman in HMS "Sheffield"
† Laundryman in HMS "Coventry"

The following were wounded:

Chau Sui Wan 38
Cheung San Fan 45
Chung Sin Hing 57
Lau Yung Hoi 52
Lui Hon Tong 46
Luk Man Tat 62
Wong Hon 52
Yau Wai 58
Yuen Chiu Cheung 49
Chau Kan Po 35
Lau Kam Kwong 44

In addition, a laundryman embarked on HMS "Broadsword" received minor injuries. After treatment in a hospital ship he returned to HMS "Broadsword".

The next of kin were notified immediately information was available. Next of kin of the wounded continue to be advised on progress as it becomes available. Directly after the declarations that the four Chinese seamen from the RFAs were to be regarded as "missing, presumed dead" the next of kin were each paid an advance of £15,000 pending a final settlement. In addition, benefits as appropriate will be paid to those who are wounded. All next of kin have received visits by welfare officers and been given the offer of advice and assistance. In addition, the Ministry of Defence has ensured that contact has been maintained with the families of all those serving with the task force.

The laundrymen embarked on Her Majesty's ships are independently employed and are all volunteers. The Ministry of Defence indemnified their insurers against their liabilities because of a war risk clause in the insurance policies. Both widows have already received the full amount payable under the policies.

The South Atlantic fund is also available as a source of assistance, if required.

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