Oral Answers to Questions — Nicaragua (British Claims).

– in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information as to the result of the Nicaraguan Commission which have been investigating the claims made by British subjects arising out of the last Nicaraguan disturbances; and whether any settlement has taken place?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Camberwell Peckham

Between February, 1930, and February, 1931, the Nicaraguan Claims Commission adjudicated some 3,600 claims arising out of the disturbances which began in the civil war of 1925. Most of these claims were quite small, but my right hon. Friend has no information as to how many of them were by British subjects. The amount of compensation paid was about £34,000, or approximately 12 per cent. of the total amount claimed. All the records of the Commission were lost in the recent earthquake, and it is uncertain when its work will be able to be resumed.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Can my hon. Friend say whether the Commission are resuming the investigation of claims?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Camberwell Peckham

The last part of my answer stated that, owing to the recent earthquake, certain difficulties have arisen.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

Is it the recent earthquake in this country that is holding up the Russian debts question?