HC Deb 08 February 1944 vol 396 c1624
58. Major C.S. Taylor

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the extension of the War Damage Insurance Scheme to include losses by theft from premises damaged by enemy action.

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. The general principle of war damage insurance deliberately excludes such losses. I regret, therefore, that I could not adopt my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion.

Major Taylor

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in the Defence areas, there are people who were evacuated at the Government's suggestion, and that their houses have been bombed and their personal possessions have been stolen from them? Cannot he do something about it? It is not their fault.

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. Many misfortunes come in war-time which are not the fault of those upon whom they fall. I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the statement made by the Prime Minister, on 5th September, 1940, when this legislation was referred to, from which my hon. and gallant Friend will see that it is impossible to advance beyond the particular limits that have been laid down in regard to war damage insurance.