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Gulf War

Volume 281: debated on Wednesday 17 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the work of the United Nations Compensation Commission since the Gulf war, with numbers of claims received in each category and funds accumulated in all accounts; and if he will make a statement on the work of the panels of commissioners, with particular reference to British claims. [37511]

The United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva was established in 1991. More than 2.6 million claims with an estimated asserted value of more than $180 billion have been submitted, and almost 2.2 million of these have already been assessed. Claims have been submitted by individuals, corporations and Governments.Her Majesty's Government have forwarded 4,990 claims from 3,418 claimants. These claims are broken down into the following categories:

Type of claimTotal number of claims received by UNCCTotal number of claims submitted by UKValue of UK claims in US$
Category A922,7961,1484,035,000
Category B5,949258710,000
Category C417,5572,746122,907,312
Egyptian Bank transfer claims1.24 million
Category D9,673381133,253,256
Category E6,4554571,189,325,112
Category F212111,237,641
Totals2,602,6424,990US$ 1,461,468,321
All category B claims have been assessed and full payment made.The assessment of all category A claims will be completed by October this year. The next instalment of British category C claims are expected to be approved by the governing council in December this year, with the remainder to be completed by the end of 1997.The UNCC is hoping to set up panels of commissioners this summer to start work on categories D, E and F.As at 20 September 1995, the compensation fund had $31,151,700 available to meet running costs and payment of claims; 30 per cent. of the revenue under Security Council resolution 986 will be paid to the UNCC enabling it to make at least interim payments on approved A and C awards.
19951996
CompanyNumberValue £AreaNumberValue £Area
Diplomatic wing
Coopers and Lybrand3316,1001FMAS0
KPMG3< 77,440Pay and grading private finance initiative256,000Pay delegation
Price Waterhouse3394,092Information technology FMAS5462,220FMAS Resource accounting and budgeting
Ernst and Young17,000Purchase of property0
Deloitte and Touche01215,000Information technology
BDO Stoy Hayward3195,000FMAS3102,675Benchmarking efficiency
Pannel Kerr Forster125,000FMAS278,750FMAS
Total14994,63213804,645