HC Deb 22 June 1944 vol 401 cc340-1
31. Mr. Culverwell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the decision of the tribunal in the case of Gibson and the Minister that the Rent Restrictions Acts have no direct application upon the compensation payable under Section 2 (1) (a) of the Compensation (Defence) Act, he will ensure that in all future negotiations on his behalf under that Act effect is given to that decision, and will those claimants affected be permitted to reopen their claims so as to secure compensation assessed in accordance with the decision in Gibson's case.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Anderson)

The decision of the tribunal in the case of Gibson v. Minister of Health is under consideration, and effect will be given to it in future similar cases. Past cases will be reviewed in the light of the decision on the application of claimants.

Mr. Culverwell

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this matter has been under consideration for a very long time now, and in view of the hardships from which very many people are suffering, can a decision be expedited?

Sir J. Anderson

I would point out that it is also the fact that the precise implications of the decision are not very easy to determine.