Far East Prisoners of War

Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for the Far East Prisoner of War ex gratia payment have been paid to claimants who were interned in Red Cross and Church Homes.

Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

We do not have figures for the total number of claimants who may have been paid in these categories, in particular because place of internment was not investigated for this who qualified on the basis of lists of those who had been eligible either individually or as the child of a head of family", under the 1950s scheme based on liquidated Japanese Assets. The information held is as follows:

Five ex gratia payments have been made to Civilian Internees who had been in an International Red Cross Home (Rosary Hill).

One ex gratia payment was made to a Civilian Internee who had been in a convent.

One ex gratia payments was made to a Civilian Internee who had been in a mission compound.

These payments were made in error, mostly during the early stages of the scheme before it was decided that these locations should not qualify as internment".

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