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Italy (British Nationals' Claims)

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the number and total amount of claims for compensation by British nationals for loss of or damage to property in Italy described in Article No. 78 of the Italian Peace Treaty: how many of such claims are admitted and how many paid; and when it is expected that outstanding claims will be disposed of.

As at 22nd September, 1950, 943 claims had been presented to the Italian Government and 197 claims were under examination. These claims represented a nominal value of 22½ thousand million lire. Thirteen claims have been admitted, of which three have been paid. I am unable to say when the outstanding claims will be disposed of. The Peace Treaty provides no time limit within which Italy must fulfil her obligations in respect of these claims but new machinery has been set up which should facilitate the settlement of the outstanding cases and I shall keep the situation under review.