Oral Answers to Questions — Premises, Portsmouth (Compulsory Purchase).

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Admiral Sir Roger Keyes Admiral Sir Roger Keyes , Portsmouth North

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the Admiralty are now purchasing compulsorily a number of small dwellings in Portsea, Portsmouth, immediately adjacent and forming a salient into the Royal Dockyard under powers given by the Defence Acts and the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919; that the price given thereunder to a dispossessed owner is the market value as at the date of the notice to treat; and, whether as the effects of the war in vulnerable areas like the city of Portsmouth have seriously deteriorated the market values, he will consider taking a fairer basis than depressed market values upon which to enforce the purchase of lands such as those referred to?