§ 41. Mr. W. H. Green
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it 1488 it now the practice of assessors under the War Damage Act, when computing the amount of compensation payable to enable applicants to replace furniture and other household commodities destroyed or damaged by enemy action, to include the amount of Purchase Tax which now has to be paid on the articles concerned?
§ Mr. Dalton
Claims under Part II of the War Damage Act are assessed on values ruling at the time of the damage. These values take into account the Purchase Tax then payable. Where, however, advance payments are made to replace essential household requisites, account 1s taken of the level of prices, including Purchase Tax, current at the time of payment.
§ Mr. Bellenger
Is my right hon. Friend aware that most of the damage occurred in the winter of 1940–41 when prices were considerably lower than they are now? Is it not time to revise the system of compensation for those who have to replenish their homes at considerably higher prices?