asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will make immediate payment towards repairs when houses occupied by the military in Northern Ireland are de-requisitioned with the request to the owners, owing to the housing shortage, that the houses be repaired and made fit for habitation at once?
I fully realise the importance of settling these claims promptly; 730 out of 780 have been settled in Northern Ireland. Payments on account can be made when negotiations are prolonged. But we cannot pay compensation until claims are received and some 800 are outstanding. As to the last part of the Question, I have no power over the use to which claimants put the money.