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Singapore And Malaya (War Damage)

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether consideration has now been given to the recommendation of the Select Committee of the Federation and Singapore Legislative Councils with regard to the question of Malayan war damage compensation, in which it is indicated that the people of Malaya have already contributed to the utmost limit towards restoring their economic life, and that a further 220 million dollars are sought from Great Britain in addition to the 85.7 millions already promised; and if he is yet in a position to state what is to be the liability of the British Government.

Preliminary consideration has been given to the recommendations of the Select Committee but final conclusions cannot be reached pending the return to this country of a member of the staff of the Colonial Office who has been visiting Malaya to discuss with the local Governments the present and future financial problems of the Territories.