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Eglinton Hotels Ltd (Claims Hearing)

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the Lord Advocate (1) if he is aware that a tribunal hearing claims by Eglinton Hotels did not examine evidence of contractors who carried out rehabilitations, while evidence of the War Office representative received unqualified consideration; and if he will consider a rehearing of this case;(2) who were the members of the tribunal which heard the case of Eglinton Hotels, Scotland, held in 1952; and what knowledge or practical experience of the hotel industry each of the members had;(3) if he is aware that during the proceedings of the tribunal which heard the case of Eglinton Hotels, Scotland, in 1952, statements of costs were only perfunctorily considered; and if he will therefore now have the case reconsidered.

The claims by Eglinton Hotels, Limited, were heard in 1952 in Edinburgh by a tribunal appointed under the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939. The Members were:

  • Arthur Moon, Esq., Q.C. (Chairman),
  • The Honourable Lord Sorn,
  • The Honourable W. Holland-Hibbert, and
  • Ian W. Macdonald, Esq., C.A.
All four members were well qualified to determine the issues. The Eglinton Hotels, Limited, were represented by counsel, and had every opportunity to substantiate their claims. The decision of the tribunal is not subject to review, and I have no power to order a rehearing.