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Billeted Persons (Wear And Tear Compensation)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health whether he will further consider the position of householders in different parts of the country who, at the height of the emergency, were induced to accommodate evacuated persons whose billeting allowances have now ceased, with the result that householders have many inconveniences to put up with including wear and tear of their homes without compensation and take steps to assist such cases.

The great majority of persons who were officially evacuated have now returned home. Billeting allowances are not withdrawn from householders accommodating the homeless except where a mutual arrangement is made under which the person formerly billeted becomes a private boarder or tenant. Such private arrangements normally take account of the element of wear and tear. Perhaps my hon. Friend will send me particulars of any individual case he may have in mind.