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Ex-Prisoners Of War, Japan (Compensation)

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what sum of money the United Kingdom will receive as her share of the sum of £1,250,000 recently obtained from the sale of loot seized by Japanese forces in the war; and whether the amount obtained will be added to the funds from which those who suffered in Japanese prison camps are to be assisted.

As regards the first part of the Question, the United Kingdom will receive 12 per cent. of these funds. The answer to the second part of the Question is that when the money has been received consideration will be given to the various claims which may be made upon it.

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that British Far Eastern prisoners of war feel that they have been far from generously treated in comparison with American and Australian Far Eastern prisoners? Although I appreciate that there may be a good many interests who would like part of this money which will be available, will my right hon. and learned Friend bear in mind the claims of the British Far Eastern prisoners?

I can certainly say that the claims of ex-prisoners of war in the Far East will be given very sympathetic consideration.