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Embassies And Consulates (Staff Losses, Compensation)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what compensation has been paid to British officials in embassies, legations and consulates who lost personal property which they had to leave behind in enemy countries and enemy-occupied countries during the war.

Compensation has been paid in certain exceptional cases to British officials employed in His Majesty's Missions and Consular Establishments abroad in respect of clothing lost as a result of enemy action. The amounts so paid provisionally have, subject to certain limits, been the estimated minimum amounts required to enable officers to re-equip themselves with clothing essential to the performance of their duties. Compensation will be paid, within certain limits, in cases where loss of other effects has definitely been established.