HC Deb 30 June 1942 vol 381 c13
24. Sir H. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can furnish an estimate of the compensation that will be involved through the requisitioning of 36 square miles of land in East Anglia?

The Secretary of State for War (Sir James Grigg)

We have not yet completed our valuations, and these will, of course, when claims are put in, be the subject of negotiation. So far as information as yet available goes, it is estimated that an annual sum of about £16,000 and a lump sum of about £135,000, representing the value of crops and the cost of removal of furniture, will be payable. Against the latter should be set the value of salvaged crops less the cost of gathering. I cannot give any estimate of the final payment in respect of damage which will be made on relinquishment.

Major Heilgers

Could the right hon. Gentleman say on what basis compensation will be paid for the houses that are destroyed?

Sir J. Grigg

On the basis of the Act.