Oral Answers to Questions — Compensation (Defence) Act (Tribunal Decision)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd June 1944.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West 12:00 am, 22nd June 1944

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the decision of the tribunal in the case of Gibson and the Minister that the Rent Restrictions Acts have no direct application upon the compensation payable under Section 2 (1) (a) of the Compensation (Defence) Act, he will ensure that in all future negotiations on his behalf under that Act effect is given to that decision, and will those claimants affected be permitted to reopen their claims so as to secure compensation assessed in accordance with the decision in Gibson's case.

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

The decision of the tribunal in the case of Gibson v. Minister of Health is under consideration, and effect will be given to it in future similar cases. Past cases will be reviewed in the light of the decision on the application of claimants.

Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this matter has been under consideration for a very long time now, and in view of the hardships from which very many people are suffering, can a decision be expedited?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

I would point out that it is also the fact that the precise implications of the decision are not very easy to determine.