HC Deb 15 February 1938 vol 331 c1693
18. Mr. Dobbie

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the difficulty of persons buying their houses through building societies covering their property for insurance against damage by enemy aircraft; and whether the Government will take the necessary steps to ensure the provision of this class of insurance?

Mr. Stanley

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As to the second part, I cannot add to the answers I gave on 2nd and 9th November to the hon. Member for Dudley (Mr. Joel).

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is widespread anxiety about this question of insurance, and will he give it his very careful consideration?

Mr. Stanley

As I have explained in answer to a number of questions in the House, the Government do not think this is a subject for insurance, but they are considering the possibility and practicability of a scheme for compensation which could be put into effect on the outbreak of hostilities.

Mr. T. Williams

Can the right hon. Gentleman inform the House when he is likely to be able to make a statement to allay the anxiety felt by small house owners?

Mr. Stanley

I cannot at the moment.