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 Mr Francis Douglas Mr Francis Douglas , Battersea North

I should like to thank the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the Clause, which meets the wishes of the local authorities. The only difficulty is a rather subtle piece of drafting by which a cost-of-works payment is treated as a value payment when the works are not done. That would vest the right to payment in the vendor of the property, and if it does so, that meets the point.