Requisitioned Motor Tyres

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

asked the Minister of Supply what arrangements he is proposing to make to compensate owners of motor-cars whose tyres are requisi- tioned; and whether he is prepared to give a guarantee of priority for new tyres to such owners when rubber again becomes available?

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

asked the Minister of Supply whether motorists whose tyres are confiscated will receive preferential treatment when rubber again becomes more plentiful; and whether he will consider issuing a certificate when the tyres are requisitioned which would receive some form of priority after the war?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

All requisitioned tyres will be examined by valuers on behalf of the Ministry of Supply, and compensation will be payable in accordance with the provisions of the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, having regard to their age, condition and type. It is not possible to give a guarantee of priority now in respect of tyres which have been requisitioned. Future distribution must depend upon the circumstances at the time.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Will this not penalise thrift if those who suffer confiscation to-day are not to get some advantage?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

That is not confiscation; it is a contribution to the war effort by those who are gladly willing to make it.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

But is not the taking of tyres confiscation?