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War Damage Act

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if voluntary hospitals that have been destroyed by enemy action will be able to claim, when rebuilt, the same increase over value payments based upon 1939 valuations as an owner-occupier.

Voluntary hospitals, which are charities, fall under Section 69 of the War Damage Act, 1943. That Section provides that if (apart from its provisions) a value payment would be appropriate, that payment shall not be made, but the War Damage Commission may, if they think fit, make in lieu thereof, a payment of such amount as they may in their discretion determine after consultation with such persons or bodies as appear to them to be appropriate. As stated in their published "Practice Notes," however, the War Damage Commission propose as a general rule to exercise their discretion by giving the properties within Section 69 the same treatment as corresponding properties falling within the general provisions of the Act unless some authoritative body representing any class of charity shows good reason for special treatment of properties of that class.