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Prisoners of War: Compensation

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to reimburse protected personnel for deductions made from their pay while held as prisoners of war in Germany; and what criteria he uses to determine the entitlement of protected personnel to compensation for periods spent as prisoners of war during the Second World War. (197075)

The deductions made from the home pay accounts of Protected Personnel held in Europe during the Second World War were considered during a detailed review undertaken by MOD during the 1990s. The outcome of the review was announced by the then Under-Secretary of State on 24 July 1997, Official Report, column 720W, and a copy of the report of the review was placed in the Library of the House. Ministers ruled that there were no grounds to re-open the issue and no new aspects have since been raised to justify any change to this policy.