Growing Timber (Compensation)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Where land is requisitioned on which there is growing timber, the presence of that timber will normally be reflected in the rent payable under Section 2 (1, a) of the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939. If any of the timber is severed subsequent to the requisition, compensation would be paid when possession of the land is relinquished under Section 2 (1, b) of the Act, which provides for the payment of the cost of making good any damage to the land which may have occurred during the period for which possession thereof is retained. Alternatively, Departments have, in suitable cases, negotiated an immediate settlement with the owner for the purchase of the timber as standing timber. Where growing timber has been severed under Defence Regulation 50, which provides for the doing of work on land, it has been the practice to deal with the matter under Section 3 (3, b) of the Act by payment of a lump sum as compensation.