War Damage Compensation

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th October 1945.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 25th October 1945

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the widespread apprehension regarding the inadequacy of value payments, he will give an assurance that when these payments are due to be made, the escalator Clause, Section 11 of the War Damage Act, 1943, will be applied.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Section 11 prescribes that a report by the Commission to the Treasury should precede any action under this Section, and that no such report should be made until value payments are authorised to begin.

Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals or references have been made to the Reference Committee on War Damage; how many such appeals have been in whole or in part successful; and how many appeals still lie with the committee for decision.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

There have been no appeals under the provisions of Section 32 of the War Damage Act, 1943, and only one reference to a referee.

Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount has been collected by way of payments on house property and land, from which owners of war damaged properties are to receive compensation; what amount has been paid out; and what is the total 1939 valuation of the lost or damaged property which still remains to be indemnified.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I must ask the hon. Member to await the statement of receipts and payments due under the Act, to be laid before Parliament by the 30th November. Cost of Works payments cannot be accurately estimated as they are the cost of making the damage good and not 1939 values.