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Nazi Victims (Compensation)

Volume 530: debated on Wednesday 21 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made in seeing that there is no discrimination in the payment of compensation to victims of Nazi concentration camps on grounds of nationality.

I would refer to the reply given by my right hon. and learned Friend on 1st February. Since then, an answer has been received from the German Federal Chancellor and discussions are continuing between representatives of the High Commission and the Federal Government.

Would my hon. Friend point out to the West German Government that this is one of the ways in which they could win esteem in this country by seeing that the payment of compensation is fairly administered?

As my hon. and gallant Friend knows, we are trying to get a satisfactory conclusion in this matter together with our partners in the Allied High Commission.

Can the hon. Gentleman give any idea how long it will be before all these victims receive the compensation to which they are entitled?

That raises a rather broader question, but there is a compensation law. The existing dispute is as to the application of that law to various categories of claimants.