§ 21. Mr. BRIANT
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when the returned emigrants to Peru are going to receive relief and compensation; and is he aware that some have only received £2 in five weeks to maintain themselves and their families, and have had to depend on Poor Law relief?
§ 24. Mr. KENNEDY
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made towards the payment of compensation by the Peruvian Government to British subjects who were induced to emigrate to Peru by guarantees of employment which were not fulfilled, and who had in consequence to return to this country, many of them in a destitute condition; whether the many cases of actual want among the emigrants concerned can be met by grants of money pending a settlement of their claims for compensation; and if steps can be taken to inform them that such grants are available?
§ The COMPTROLLER of the HOUSEHOLD (Major Barnston, for Mr. Amery)
I have been asked to answer these questions. As the hon. Member for East Islington (Mr. Raper) was informed on 4th May, the Peruvian Government have undertaken to remit funds for dealing with the urgent claims of those who have suffered through the failure of their emigration scheme. No money has, however, as yet been received, and further representations have been made to the Peruvian Government. In the meantime, grants have been made to those who have not drawn unemployment insurance under the Unemployment Insurance Acts, 1920- 21, or are in special need. In assessing these grants the amounts paid under these Acts have been borne in mind. Such payments are in the nature of loans repayable out of any compensation which may 296 be forthcoming, and it is impossible for His Majesty's Government to accept any liability except for temporary relief in these cases until the promised advance is obtained from the Peruvian Government. As soon as it is received a distribution among the claimants in proportion to their assessed claims will be made with as little delay as possible.
§ Mr. BRIANT
Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman mean to say the statement I have made is incorrect—£2 in five weeks? Does he consider that an adequate advance to men who have to keep wife and family?
§ Mr. KENNEDY
Have the Peruvian Government admitted liability to compensation to these emigrants, and has any advice been given to them as to the manner in which they are to state their claims?