§ Mr. Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many offers of settlement have been made under the Foreign Compensation (People's Republic of China) Order 1987; under what categories they have been; and how many of these offers have so far been accepted.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
A final offer cannot be made until the Foreign Compensation Commission has completed determination of all claims, including property claims, against the China Fund. This is not expected until autumn 1990. However, in January an interim payment of 5 per cent. of the value assigned by the commission to a bond was announced to bond claimants. Out of 1,717 bond claimants to whom offer of interim payment has been made, 1,592 had accepted the offer as of 29 September 1989.