HC Deb 05 December 1944 vol 406 cc352-3
52. Sir G. Shakespeare

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the War Damage Commission will make a cost-of-works payment for the rebuilding of a war-damaged factory on another site in the same area if such is in accord with the proposed town planning scheme.

Mr. Peake

No, Sir. Under the provisions of the War Damage Act, 1943, the War Damage Commission can only make a cost-of-works payment in respect of works executed for making good war damage to the hereditament which has sustained the damage. If, for whatever reason, the war damage to the hereditament cannot be made good, the Commission cannot make cost-of-works payment but has power to make a value payment.

Sir G. Shakespeare

Would my right hon. Friend endeavour to clear up some of these glaring anomalies which arise between the War Damage Commission policy and the policy of the planning authorities?

Mr. Peake

This matter was very fully discussed during the Debate on the Town and Country Planning Bill. Clearly it would be unfair that the owner of war-damaged property should receive more under two separate Acts of Parliament combined than the owner of undamaged property taken over for planning purposes should receive under one Act alone.

Mr. De la Bère

Is that not vague and unsatisfactory?