HC Deb 16 August 1916 vol 85 cc1859-60
66. Mr. FELL

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is intended to make any grant or gift of money from the Treasury to any persons as compensation for property in Dublin destroyed or injured in the recent rebellion; if so, from what Vote will this money be taken and when will there be an opportunity of discussing it; and will he arrange that from the same Vote the necessary money is granted by the Treasury as compensation to the owners for property in the East Coast towns destroyed or injured by the bombardments and air raids from which they have suffered or may suffer at the hands of the Germans?


A Committee has been set up under the chairmanship of Sir William Goulding to assess claims to compensation in the cases referred to in the first part of the question, and the necessary funds for payment of claims are being provided from the Vote of Credit, on which the usual opportunities for discussion arise. Since the institution of the insurance scheme against aircraft and bombardment risks, compensation has not been paid from other Government funds to owners of property in East Coast towns.


May I ask if it is not the fact that if the inhabitants of Yarmouth were to destroy their own houses and property they would be rebuilt by the Government, but if the Germans come and destroy them they have to rebuild them at their own expense?