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War Damage Claims

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 30 November 1950

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54.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the economic conditions that are necessary to enable him to implement Section 85 (1) of the War Damage Act. 1945, and to repay the £41 million outstanding.

As this is in the nature of a debt to the people of this country, has the hon. Gentleman ever considered the possibility of refunding this money in some form of loan?

I do not think that has been considered, but the hon. Gentleman will realise that some payments are already being made in special cases.

55.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases the War Damage Commission have refused to treat as notification of war damage notification given other than on the prescribed forms; and in how many cases have war damage claims been rejected on this sole ground.

I regret that the information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available; as regards the second part, the War Damage Commission inform me that no cases have been rejected on the sole ground mentioned.

In that case, will the hon. Gentleman be good enough to ask them to reconsider the case, about which he wrote to me on 22nd November, where, according to him, they did reject it on that ground?

I will certainly look into that case, but I am assured by the War Damage Commission that no case has been rejected solely on that ground.