Catalogue description Department of Trade and Industry: Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel: Registered Files (MYS Series)

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Title: Department of Trade and Industry: Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel: Registered Files (MYS Series)

The series contains files relating to Lord Archer's consultation on a possible scheme, Lord Archer's files on aspects of the scheme such as terms of reference, policy files relating to research on and development of the scheme and claims files containing the victim's application for compensation.

Date: 1999-2005
Former reference in its original department: MYS Series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Department of Trade and Industry, Finance and Resource Management Division, 1985-2007

Physical description: file(s)
Access conditions: Records not yet transferred
Accumulation dates: 1999 to 2005
Selection and destruction information: Selected under collection themes External relations and defence policy and The economic, social and demographic condition of the UK as documented by the state's dealings with individuals, communities and organisations outside its own formal boundaries. Selection policy agreed by Records Review Panel in June 2003
Accruals: Possible accruals of claims files but quantity unknown
Administrative / biographical background:

On 24 March 1999, the British government set up a Payments Scheme so that victims of Nazi persecution could apply for compensation for seizure of assets by the UK during the Second World War under the Trading with Enemy legislation. Compensation was to be considered for both individual and commercial claims falling into two broad categories: those relating to belligerent enemies, who declared war on the UK, such as Germany, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria; and technical enemies who were enemies of the UK by virtue of their occupation by German forces, such as France, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

The period for submission of claims ended on September 30 1999 (subsequently extended to 31 August 2004). Each claim was then considered by the Enemy Property Claims Assessment panel (EPCAP), chaired by Lord Archer of Sandwell. The Secretariat to this panel was provided by DTI's Finance and Resource Management Directorate.

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