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Bombed-Out People (Billetinģ Allowances)

Volume 409: debated on Thursday 29 March 1945

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that hardship is caused to some bombed-out people when their billeting allowance stops and they are called upon to pay rent and other expenses involving them in a loss; and if he will amend the regulations so as to provide for payment of allowances to cover any such loss.

No, Sir. Where bombed-out people are temporarily accommodated under official arrangements and hardship would be caused by the withdrawal of the billeting allowances, the billeting authority has discretion to continue payment and, in assessment for recovery, any continuing liabilities in respect of the original home are taken into consideration. If my hon. Friend will let me have particulars of any specific case of hardship, I shall be glad to look into it.