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Philippines (War Damage Claims)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 13 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement with regard to compensation for war damage sustained in the Philippines by British concerns and provided for by Act of Congress.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 8th May, 1950. Since that date the United States War Claims Commission Report has been published and, as it did not propose amending legislation, further representations were made to the United States Government in a Note of 6th July, 1950. In September, 1950, the United States State Department sent a copy of that Note to the War Claims Commission and asked whether the Commission recommends an amendment to the Philippine Rehabilitation Act, 1946, to enable reciprocal agreements to be negotiated. In the interpretation of that Act British nationals are not, at present, eligible to receive compensation for war damage sustained in the Philippines.