Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Claims of British Ex-Servicemen.

asked the President whether he has made any representations to the British Government based on the Report of the Committee on Claims of British Ex-Servicemen in respect of "the nature and extent of the claims made by such Ex-Servicemen against the British Government in respect of rights alleged to have arisen out of past services;" and, if not, if he will state whether it is his intention to do so.

The Government have not yet completed their examination of the Report, and it is not possible at this stage to state what action may be decided on in regard to the various recommendations contained in the Report.

Does the President realise that by the terms of reference of the Committee, he has more or less committed himself to taking up the question with the British Government of any claims against it?

Yes. I quite understand that, but the Deputy will realise also, that it is a considerable Report and that at the present moment the attention of the Executive Council is directed to more business than perhaps is the case at any other time of the year and in consequence it is impossible to indicate what action will be taken in the matter.

Will the President make a statement when the Executive Council has considered the matter?

I would prefer if the Deputy would put a question in that connection a little later in the session.