asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can take any steps to expedite the payment by the German authorities of substantiated claims of those persons whose luggage was confiscated by the Germans at the outbreak of the war and afterwards sold by them; and can he say why claim P.R.I. 1,665, registration No. 77, submitted in October, 1914, has not yet been satisfied?
I have been asked to reply. Every effort is being made by His Majesty's Government to expedite the settlement of claims It is of course always open to claimants to refer their claims to the Mixed Arbitral Tribunal for adjudication. Claim P.R.I. 1,665, was forwarded to Germany with the first batch of claims. The German authorities made a request for production of the luggage voucher, with which the claimant was unable to comply, but evidence has been since supplied by her which should facilitate the identification of the luggage in question. With regard to the payment of claims for compensation, I would refer to my reply to the hon. Member for Newcastle North on the 13th instant.