Commando Operations (Claims)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1949.

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Photo of Mr Hubert Medland Mr Hubert Medland , Plymouth Drake 12:00 am, 14th December 1949

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many claims have been received up to 13th December via the War Office from farmers in the South Devon area for loss of cattle and sheep killed by Marine Commandos operating from the Plymouth Command.

Photo of Mr Hubert Medland Mr Hubert Medland , Plymouth Drake

Is my hon. Friend aware that as usual the Admiralty is entirely wrong? Is he aware that on Saturday last a representative of these people visited the War Office, which deals with these claims for the Admiralty, and presented claims for 23 cattle and 101 sheep? If he is not so aware, I would say that this information has been sent to him in a letter, a copy of which I have here and which I shall be glad to let him see.

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

I can assure my hon. Friend that I have not received any letter or copy of a letter in connection with this large number of animals in respect of which a claim is being made. I can also assure him that no claims have been received via the War Office.