British Property, Belgium.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 5th July 1922.

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Photo of Hon. Sir Malcolm Macnaghten Hon. Sir Malcolm Macnaghten , Londonderry North


asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the value of the property belonging to British subjects in Belgium which was requisitioned or sequestrated by the German Government in August and September, 1914; and what payments, if any, have been made to the owners for the property so requisitioned or sequestrated?

Photo of Sir William Mitchell-Thomson Sir William Mitchell-Thomson , Glasgow Maryhill

I cannot yet state the value of the property referred to. The damage suffered by British property in Belgium, owing to the action of the German Government, is at present being assessed on the spot, and the claims will, after assessment, be submitted to the Royal Commission on Compensation for Suffering and Damage by Enemy Action. No compensation has up to the present been paid.