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British Restaurants, Abertillery

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that recently at Abertillery, a British Restaurant after the expenditure of £804 was opened; that the trustees of the estate, who are the lessors, informed the local authority on the 30th March, that they would require at the conclusion of the occupation of the premises, presumably after the war, their restoration to their pre-occupation condition or compensation for the cost of such restoration; and whether, in view of the premises having been requisitioned on the instructions of the Ministry of Food, he proposes to take appropriate steps to prevent this?

The answer to the first part of my hon. Friend's Question is in the affirmative. The premises referred to were requisitioned with the approval of my Noble Friend in the exercise of powers under the Defence Regulations, and compensation, if any, will be payable in accordance with the provisions of the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939.