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

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

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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.