HC Deb 16 November 1939 vol 353 c807
27. Mr. Keeling

asked the Home Secretary what rates of hire are to be paid by local authorities for motor cars requisitioned?

Sir J. Anderson

Interim payments for vehicles taken by local authorities have already been authorised and I am sending my hon. Friend copies of the circulars containing the latest instructions regarding these payments. As a result of further consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport, I shall shortly be issuing further advice to local authorities as to the final rates which may be offered to owners of vehicles taken. The special considerations affecting vehicles normally used for private hire are being borne in mind.

Mr. Keeling

Does not my right hon. Friend think that the rate of 5s. per week per car which is being offered under the authority of the Home Office is ridiculously inadequate?

Sir J. Anderson

That was intended as an interim payment pending the determination of the rates.

Mr. T. Williams

Can hon. Members have a copy of these rates?

Sir J. Anderson

Yes, Sir.