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Japanese Internment

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for compensation for British civilians interned by the Japanese have been made by British Jews interned in Singapore; and how many have been paid. (117026)

I am aware from the Association of British Civilian Internees Far East Region that a number of Jewish internees, as other ethnic groups, who were held by the Japanese in Singapore during the second world war may fail to qualify under the Government’s ex-gratia payment scheme for former far east prisoners of war and civilian internees. However, our records do not allow us to determine the number of applicants in this category and whether they were accepted or rejected under the scheme. The underlying principle of the scheme remains that awards will be made to those who were British at the time of their internment, who can demonstrate the required close link to the UK.