HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1520-1
32. Mr. Marlowe

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether residents in the Channel Islands are covered by War Damage Insurance: and whether, in view of the fact that their rehabilitation and reconstruction must await the findings of the Reparations Commission, His Majesty's Government is making any financial advances to individuals whose homes have been destroyed so that they can rebuild without delay.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)

No, Sir. A scheme for the repair and restoration of property lost or damaged during the occupation, has been announced in the Islands, machinery for the investigation of the alleged loss or damage is now being set up and I hope that repair work will begin soon. Advances and payments to individuals will be a matter for the States of Jersey and Guernsey.

Mr. Marlowe

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the State will be able to provide financial assistance, and if individuals are in distress, will he cause advances to be made by this country?

Mr. Ede

I have had some conversation with the Islands on this matter and I do not anticipate that the difficulties which the hon. and learned Gentleman suggests are likely to arise.