73. Mr. C. WHITE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the claim of Mr. R. H. Mabbott in respect of compensation for the use by the military during the War of the Grand Hotel and Hydro, Baslow, has been further considered; whether he is aware that Mr. Mabbott was practically ruined owing to the occupation of his hotel by the troops; and whether he will facilitate a decision being arrived at in the case?
This case has now been investigated, and the report thereon is being sent to the War Compensation Court and to Mr. Mabbott, who is at liberty to apply for an early hearing. My information, however, does not confirm the suggestion that Mr. Mabbott was ruined through the use made of his hotel by the troops, and I regret that. the Department is not in a position to recommend the grant of compensation.
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that Mr. Mabbott is in the union and that his ruin is largely the result of this occupation?
I can only say that in his bankruptcy proceedings Mr. Mabbott made no mention of having been ruined by the occupation of the troops. I do not think it is desirable to prejudge the issue by any further statement now.
Cannot the hon. and gallant Gentleman facilitate a decision in this case, which has been going on for twelve months?
I have said that it is now open to Mr. Mabbott to go to the War Compensation Court, and he has been informed accordingly.