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Ugandan Asians

Volume 116: debated on Friday 15 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current position regarding outstanding compensation claims for those Ugandan Asians living in Leicester who are currently in dispute with the Government of Uganda.

We have raised this matter repeatedly with the Ugandan authorities at the highest level, most recently when my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Member for Wallasey (Mrs. Chalker) visited Uganda in December 1986. We understand that in March this year a new chairman was appointed to the Ugandan verification committee, set up under the Expropriated Properties Act in 1982 to examine claims. This post had been vacant since 1985. We are continuing to urge the Ugandan authorities to resolve these matters as soon as possible.