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CIVILIAN PRISONERS OF THE JAPANESE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 475A1: tabled on 18 January 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 21 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Andrew Dismore on 26 November 2001. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

at end add 'and notes that this is the policy of Her Majesty's Opposition.'.

Original motion text

That this House regrets Her Majesty's Government's redefinition in June 2001 of the term 'British' seven months after the announcement to the House that Her Majesty's Government would make an ex-gratia payment to all British former prisoners of war of the Japanese between 1941 and 1945; notes the original announcement and subsequent advice stated that one of the eligible categories was the previously unqualified surviving 'British civilians who were interned by the Japanese in the Far East during the Second World War'; further notes that in June 2001 the War Pensions Agency rejected all claims where the claimant could not prove a 'bloodlink' to at least one grandparent born in the United Kingdom; is concerned that nearly one in three civilian survivors who were interned by Japan precisely because they held a British passport have therefore had their claims rejected; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to honour its promise of 7th November 2000 to all British civilians who were interned in camps by Japan.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.