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Ex-Prisoners-Of-War, Japan (Compensation)

Volume 529: debated on Monday 5 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how much the Government of Siam have paid for the Siam-Burma Railway built by British prisoners-of-war; and what amount has been received by each prisoner-of-war or the dependants of those who have died.

The sum of £355,000 has been paid by the Government of Siam in respect of the Burma-Siam Railway. This has to be distributed between several Governments whose nationals were employed in building it. The share of the United Kingdom Government is about £170,000. I hope to be in a position before the end of the Session to make a statement about the distribution of this money and also that available from the realisation of the remaining Japanese assets in the United Kingdom.