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Burma (Service Personnel, Property Losses)

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 8 March 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for India why no compensation is given to military personnel who lost personal property in Burma when it was invaded by the Japanese; how many officers and men are affected; and whether he will consider the grant of some compensation in view of the losses sustained.

Payment of compensation to military personnel for personal kit lost as the result of enemy action in the Far East and Burma up to or in connection with the evacuation of Burma in 1942, was provided for in Army Instruction (India) 314 of 1943. As regards claims to compensation for other personal property lost in Burma, military personnel are in the same position as civilians. Their claims are registered by the Government of Burma for consideration after the war. The number of claims so registered is not on record in my office.