HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 c1367
39. Mr. Culverwell

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the long delay in settling claims for damage under the War Risks Insurance Act, 1939; and will he authorise payments on account pending the final settlement of such claims?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Waterhouse)

As has already been stated in this House, special measures have been taken to minimise delay in dealing with claims under the Commodity Insurance Scheme, and arrangements are in operation for payments on account to be made, pending the final settlement of claims. All claimants are now being informed of these arrangements.

Mr. Culverwell

While thanking my hon. and gallant Friend for his reply, and appreciating the pressure which is upon his Department owing to the claims which are made, may I have an assurance from him that the Department is utilising to the full the experienced staff of the insurance companies?

Captain Waterhouse

Yes, Sir, those staffs are being used to the full, and their help is much appreciated.

Mr. Woods

Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman say what percentage of claims has been paid?

Captain Waterhouse

Not without notice.