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Ugandan Asians

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what representations he has received from Ugandan Asians who were expelled by Idi Amin who subsequently settled in the United Kingdom, and who are now seeking compensation from the Ugandan Government.

A number of Ugandan Asians and representatives of community associations have sought Her Majesty's Government's support for their claims on the Ugandan Government. All United Kingdom citizens expelled from Uganda have been invited to record their losses at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Approximately 6,000—mostly Ugandan Asians—have done so.

asked the Lord Privy Seal what consultations, if any, Her Majesty's Government have had with Mr. Godfred Biniasa, the President of Uganda, regarding compensation for those Ugandan Asians who were expelled by Idi Amin in 1971.

The question of compensation has been raised with Ugandan Ministers on more than one occasion recently. They have undertaken to establish a Compensation Commission to deal with claims, and we understand that appropriate legislation is now being drafted. We hope the Commission will begin operations shortly.