WRITTEN ANSWERS. - COMPENSATION CLAIMS.

SEAN O'LAIDHIN

To ask the Minister for Defence whether William Reynell, of Ballsallagh, Ballynacargy, will be compensated for the loss of a motor car burned at Collinstown, Westmeath, on February 14th, 1922, by an Irish Army Officer; also, whether William Reynell will receive compensation for the loss of a motor car seized by Divisional Comdt. Farrelly, of No. 6 Brigade, 1st Midland Division, on May 8th, 1922, no charge having been made against claimant; also whether William Reynell will receive compensation for a motor cycle seized by Divisional Comdt. Farrelly on May 8th, 1922; also whether William Reynell will receive compensation for loss of trade and business owing to the loss of above cars.

So far as inquiries have gone the circumstances regarding each case are vague. Nothing can be gained by further investigation pending a decision on the general question of granting compensation in connection with the commandeering of motor cars and motor cycles. That question is at present under discussion by the Ministry of Finance.