New Clause. — (Power of Ecclesiastical Commissioners and Queen Anne's Bounty to apply money in defraying repairs.)

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

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Where war damage occurs to any land, and any interest in the land belongs to an ecclesiastical corporation, the Ecclesiastical Com- missioners or Queen Anne's Bounty may apply money or securities held by them respectively for the corporation in discharging the cost of any works executed as a matter of urgency for meeting the circumstances created by the damage.—[Sir G. Courthope.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

There is a number of trusts where Queen Anne's Bounty and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners hold capital sums which they are restrained by existing Statute law from using except for definite capital purposes. This new Clause will enable these moneys to be used to effect urgent temporary repairs which may be essential before compensation is receivable or a permanent restoration is made. It will not deplete the funds because it can only be done in conjunction with the War Damage Commission, whose payment of compensation will restore the capital funds to their original position.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I am prepared to accept this Clause, which I think is desirable and convenient. I want, however, to have it on record that it is understood that there is no intention of using this power unless the War Damage Commission approve, and that the authorities concerned will act in contact and cooperation with the War Damage Commission in this matter, as in other matters, in which both parties are concerned.

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

I am authorised to give that assurance on behalf of the bodies concerned.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.