HC Deb 22 October 1941 vol 374 c1775
38. Mr. Mainwaring

asked the Attorney-General whether he has been made aware of the widespread activities of landowners and estate agents in seeking to compel owners of tenements to increase the amount of the insurances upon these properties upon the pretext that the cost of replacement in the event of damage by fire, &c, is now one-third in excess of pre-war costs; and will he take some steps to check the tendency of these people to make such increasing demands?

The Attorney-General

I am not aware of action of this kind on the part of landlords or their agents. If the hon. Member will send me particulars of the cases which he has in mind, I will be glad to consider them.

Mr. Mainwaring

Has it not already been reported that this practice is widespread throughout the country? I shall certainly supply the information that the right hon. and learned Gentleman desires.

The Attorney-General

My noble Friend has had no information to that effect, but I shall be very glad to receive the hon. Member's information.