§ 42. Sir William Davison
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the serious losses occasioned to tradesmen, boarding-house keepers and others in certain evacuation areas by reason of the evacuation policy of the Government; and whether he will consider obtaining some contribution from the reception areas who have benefited by the Government's policy in this regard towards meeting the losses referred to in the evacuation areas; and whether a revision of the block grants paid by the Government to the areas in question has been considered?
§ Mr. Elliot
I am not at present in a position to add to the reply given to my hon. Friend by my right hon. Friend the Attorney-General on 13th March.
§ Sir W. Davison
Does not my right hon. Friend realise the benefit derived by reception areas in not having empty properties and consequently not having to increase their rates, and that this is due to the war and is a war profit? In regard to the policy of the Government in this matter, does he not think he ought to take steps to see that the areas which have suffered should have some recompense from those who have made a profit out of that suffering as a result of the war?