§ 11. Sir H. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to state what steps have been taken to accelerate the settlement of claims for compensation arising out of the requisitioning of premises by military authorities?
§ Sir H. Williams
Is my hon. Friend aware of the considerable hardship that is being caused to large numbers of people whose claims have been outstanding for anything up to a year?
§ Mr. Law
I do not think there is any reason why anybody should suffer hardship, because the Claims Commission has authority to make a grant even before settlement of the claim if hardship is being experienced. If my hon. Friend has any particular case which he cares to bring to my notice, I will look into it.
§ Sir W. Davison
Does my hon. Friend not think that the War Office should continue to pay rent on commandeered houses until they are ready for occupation again, so that a person who is dependent on the rent of the house should not lose income when he is not getting rent from the War Office or from an incoming tenant?
§ Brigadier-General Clifton Brown
The method for the payment of claims by the War Office is not being followed by the Air Ministry. It is true that there are 9 many claims against the War Office made over six months ago, and is it not about time to hasten this matter?