§ 49. Mr. HARMSWORTH
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps His Majesty's Government propose to take to redeem the pledge officially published in 1916, that owners of property in the United Kingdom of an aggregate value not exceeding £500 will be compensated by the Government in respect of damage or destruction of any such property by the perils coverable by the Government Aircraft and Bombardment Insurance Policy, whether the property be insured under the Government insurance scheme or not?
I have been asked to reply. The scheme for compensation of owners of property in the United Kingdom of an aggregate value not exceeding £500, in respect of damage or destruction by perils coverable under the Government Aircraft and Bombardment Insurance Scheme, was put into effect as from 1st September, 1917. Under the terms of the scheme claimants were required, when damage occurred to uninsured property, to give immediate notice in writing to the Committee appointed to administer the scheme. All claims notified to that Committee have been duly investigated, and awards have been made in all cases in which the claims have been substantiated and the claimants have complied with the requirements of the scheme.
§ Major WHELER
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that in each case an 1121 official has gone down and investigated it? I am informed that in many cases no official has been down.
§ Major WHELER
Would the right hon. Gentleman make inquiries if these cases have been properly investigated?
I shall be very glad to consider any case the hon. and gallant Gentleman may bring before me.