Requisitioned Land (Compensation)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Percy Jewson Mr Percy Jewson , Great Yarmouth

asked the Secretary of State for War why he has been occupying certain land, of which particulars have been sent to him, since November, 1941, without it being requisitioned and for which he is paying no rent, although the tenant has to pay rent for it; and why he has now occupied a further 10 acres without requisitioning it?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The original site was requisitioned in July, 1941, and compensation has been regularly paid. On two occasions since then it has been necessary to increase the area of the site for operational reasons, and this was done at once without objection by the tenant. Both for agricultural and for technical military reasons, it proved difficult to define exactly the boundary of the fresh area to be requisitioned, and so, unfortunately, there was some delay. The boundary has now been fixed, and notice of requisition is being served; compensation due for the larger area will be promptly paid.