HC Deb 02 March 1943 vol 387 cc473-4
50. Mr. Liddall

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, where property has been completely demolished by enemy action, he will approve half-yearly payment to owners in needy circumstances of the interest on the total amount due to them at the end of hostilities under the War Damage Act?

Sir K. Wood

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave my hon. Friend the Member for North Tottenham (Mr. R. C. Morrison) on 18th February last.

Mr. Liddall

Does not my right hon. Friend appreciate the distressing circumstances of many elderly people as a result of enemy action of this kind which often deprives them of their sole source of income?

Sir K. Wood

Perhaps my hon. Friend will refer to the Debate which took place on 3rd June last year.

Mr. R. C. Morrison

Would not the right hon. Gentleman consider making a more considered statement in order to meet the practical difficulties of these cases?

Sir K. Wood

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on the previous occasion.

Mr. De la Bère

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is very real hardship, and is he not going to do something to see that the injustices are put right?