asked the Minister of Transport how many road haulage undertakings have been acquired compulsorily by the Transport Commission; what was the earliest date of transfer relating to any such acquisition; and in how many cases final compensation has been paid to the owners.
The number of road haulage undertakings acquired compulsorily by the Commission to 31st March, 1951, was 2,451. The earliest date of transfer relating to any such acquisition was 1st January, 1949. Final compensation has been agreed (subject in some cases to confirmation by the Transport Arbitration Tribunal) in 343 cases. Payment has been completed in 225 of these cases. Payments on account, being 90 per cent. of provisional ascertainments of compensation, or final payments have been made in 2,252 cases. In a large proportion of the cases in which provisional ascertainments have not yet been made, progress has been held up because accounts and other information required from the transferors have not been supplied.