HC Deb 21 February 1939 vol 344 c200
51. Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in setting up a national insurance scheme against war risks, he will consider the advisability of including insurance against manufacturing premises being destroyed by enemy aircraft and the effect on employers of not being able to reconstruct and start again without the receipt of prompt assistance; and is he aware that such a scheme of national insurance as effected on other risks by insurance companies would be supported generally by premiums from manufacturers and property owners and in the end would not result in any loss to the country's finances?

Sir J. Simon

I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement which I made on 7th February, in which I indicated that to avoid the holding up of necessary repairs through the deferment of compensation, a plan had been worked out for the emergency reconstruction of essential property without delay.

Sir S. Crooke

Will my right hon. Friend give me an opportunity of discussing this matter with him?

Sir J. Simon