War Damage (Payments).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 19th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Norman Bower Mr Norman Bower , Harrow

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that builders are now refusing to estimate for the repair of war damage owing to the slowness with which they receive payment from the War Damage Commission; and whether he will take immediate steps to obviate those delays and speed up the administration of the War Damage Commission?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to a similar Question by my hon. Friend the Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 3rd March. I understand that steps already taken have resulted in a substantial increase in the rate of payment.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

As these prices are all agreed before the work is done, why should not the payment be automatic and immediate?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I am afraid I could not answer offhand for the Commission.