Requisitioning Order, East Anglia.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 30th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can furnish an estimate of the compensation that will be involved through the requisitioning of 36 square miles of land in East Anglia?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

We have not yet completed our valuations, and these will, of course, when claims are put in, be the subject of negotiation. So far as information as yet available goes, it is estimated that an annual sum of about £16,000 and a lump sum of about £135,000, representing the value of crops and the cost of removal of furniture, will be payable. Against the latter should be set the value of salvaged crops less the cost of gathering. I cannot give any estimate of the final payment in respect of damage which will be made on relinquishment.

Photo of Major Frank Heilgers Major Frank Heilgers , Bury St Edmunds

Could the right hon. Gentleman say on what basis compensation will be paid for the houses that are destroyed?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

On the basis of the Act.