New Clause. — (Land compulsorily acquired under existing enactments whilst in a damaged condition.)

Part of Orders of the Day — War Damage Bill. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

I presume that the Government have considered the definition of the words "compulsorily acquired," because, as the Committee will be aware, in this war land is taken over by many different authorities under many different statutes. A Government Department will acquire land for some purpose directly, and "compulsorily acquired" might be held by the courts to refer only to land taken in that way. On the other hand, war agricultural committees may take possession of a farm because it has been badly farmed. I am given to understand that, in many cases, they merely notify the farmer that they have decided to take possession of the land and in some cases do so without any actual order being made. I only want an assurance that the words "compulsorily acquired" cover all such cases—that is where the Government acts indirectly through its agent, as well as where it acts directly.