§ Mr. Hunter
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his policy on compensating, or making ex gratia payments to, his Department's employees whose personal property is damaged on his Department's premises by people unlawfully present on his Department's premises.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
While my Department pays compensation where it is legally liable to do so, it cannot generally be held responsible for the acts of persons unlawfully present on the Department's property. However, the Department, exceptionally, considers small value claims from its employees for damage to personal property sustained on the Department's premises on an ex-gratia basis.