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Salvage Notices (Fixtures)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 12 May 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works whether he is aware that in numerous cases salvage committees have not filled up on the D.D. & R. 47 requisition notices the fixtures to be taken, making it impossible for occupier or owner to object or claim compensation; and whether he will make these notices valid only for the fixtures enumerated on the forms themselves as directed on the D.D. & R. 47 notice itself?

The form D.D. & R. 47 is not a requisition notice and is not intended, nor is it in fact used, to notify details of the fixtures to be taken. It warns the recipient that the schedule prepared and held by the local authority affects the property. Claims for compensation, if made, can be supported by the detailed receipt given when the fixtures are removed.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that when officials send out the forms they are directed to fill in the fixtures they are going to take, and they do not do that; and that it is a great hardship on the owner in not knowing if they can go inside the house or anywhere outside without notifying any details on the back of the form, which they should have filled up?

The purpose of the notice is to avoid criticism about entering property without informing the occupier, and if the occupier wishes to object to the removal of fixtures, he should object to the local authority.

But notice is not given. Then these forms are of no use at all if they do not contain any fixtures on the back which are not there.