HC Deb 28 May 1940 vol 361 c405
34. Mr. Hannah

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the sense of grievance felt by certain Scottish farmers, whose land has been taken over under the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, at the small proportion which the proposed compensation bears to the actual losses involved, not to mention the reduction in home-produced food; and will he take steps to redress any hardship which may be clearly proved?

Mr. Brown

I am aware that representations on this subject have been made. The compensation payable is governed by the provisions of the Act referred to, which, under the practice adopted, is considered to provide in general a reasonable measure of compensation. I should add that the settlement of compensation is a matter for the competent authority responsible for the requisition, and any representations which it may be desired to make in any particular case should be addressed to that Department.

Mr. Hannah

Will it be possible for Scottish claimants for compensation to have their claims adjudicated in Scotland and not in London?

Mr. Brown

I should like to see that question on the Paper, but in the case of most Scottish claims, I think it would be necessary to have local investigation.