Nazi Victims (Compensation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th December 1954.

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Photo of Captain Robert Ryder Captain Robert Ryder , Merton and Morden 12:00 am, 8th December 1954

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is satisfied that German compensation law is dealing with all categories of victims of Nazi aggression; and, in particular, that the claims of stateless persons are receiving the same priority.

Photo of Mr Robin Turton Mr Robin Turton , Thirsk and Malton

No, Sir. As the House has been informed, this matter has been the subject of representations to the Federal Government by the Allied High Commission. These representations will be the subject of official talks with the Federal Government which open next week. I shall keep my hon. and gallant Friend informed.

Photo of Captain Robert Ryder Captain Robert Ryder , Merton and Morden

Will my hon. Friend also investigate the position of those members of the various underground movements, because information reaching me is that recent interpretation of the 1953 law appears to exclude them from any benefit?

Photo of Mr Robin Turton Mr Robin Turton , Thirsk and Malton

Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will communicate with me on that subject.

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

Will the hon. Gentleman impress on the Federal Government the anxiety of a number of people now residing in this country who have put in claims at the delay in dealing with their claims?

Photo of Mr Robin Turton Mr Robin Turton , Thirsk and Malton

I think that if the hon. Gentleman refers to replies given by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Melton (Mr. Nutting), on 21st July, he will see that the Government are fully alive to this problem and the difficulties and delays that have taken place. Talks are now proceeding.