Commodity Insurance Scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the long delay in settling claims for damage under the War Risks Insurance Act, 1939; and will he authorise payments on account pending the final settlement of such claims?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

As has already been stated in this House, special measures have been taken to minimise delay in dealing with claims under the Commodity Insurance Scheme, and arrangements are in operation for payments on account to be made, pending the final settlement of claims. All claimants are now being informed of these arrangements.

Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

While thanking my hon. and gallant Friend for his reply, and appreciating the pressure which is upon his Department owing to the claims which are made, may I have an assurance from him that the Department is utilising to the full the experienced staff of the insurance companies?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

Yes, Sir, those staffs are being used to the full, and their help is much appreciated.

Photo of Reverend George Woods Reverend George Woods , Finsbury

Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman say what percentage of claims has been paid?