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Written Answers

Volume 478: debated on Tuesday 12 September 1950

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Written Answers To Questions

Tuesday, 12th September, 1950

Leasehold Committee (Report)

asked the Attorney-General what would be the estimated cost of publishing the evidence of Government Departments against leasehold enfranchisement and the complete evidence given before the Leasehold Committee.

The estimated cost of publishing the complete evidence submitted to the Leasehold Committee is approximately £1,200, and of publishing the part of the evidence submitted by Government Departments which is against leasehold enfranchisement is approximately £35. It would, of course, not be possible to publish only a part of the evidence; either the whole should be published or nothing at all, and I have already given my reasons against publishing the whole evidence in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdare (Mr. D. Thomas) on 24th July.

Road Haulage (Compensation Claims)

asked the Minister of Transport in how many cases the appropriate arbitration machinery has awarded on disagreed claims for compensation from road transport concerns; and at what rate per month such decisions are being given by the arbitration machinery.

I am informed by the Transport Arbitration Tribunal that, up to 27th July, 1950, four applications have been received to determine disputes as to compensation in road haulage cases. One case has been heard and judgment reserved. The Tribunal has had no difficulty so far in fixing dates for trial as and when cases come before them.

asked the Minister of Transport how many claims for compensation he has received from road haulage concerns whose businesses have been nationalised; and in how many cases agreement has been reached on the compensation to be paid.

These claims are not made to me. I am, however, informed by the British Transport Commission that at 30th June, 1950, compensation was payable in respect of 2,051 undertakings transferred before that date. Agreements on the compensation payable had been completed or were in course of completion in respect of 38 transferred undertakings, and in addition tentative proposals for settlement in respect of 42 undertakings were under consideration.

asked the Minister of Transport how many claims for compensation by firms whose businesses have been taken over under the Act nationalising road transport have been disagreed; and in how many cases arbitration has been requested.

I am informed that, so far, there have been four cases of formal disagreement which fall to be determined by the Transport Arbitration Tribunal.