HC Deb 18 April 1946 vol 421 cc2879-80
41. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Supply why, although requested in September, 1945, he refused until 25th March, 1946, to release from requisition six kilns belonging to the Tamworth Brick Company, Limited; why he has taken no steps to reinstate, or enable the company to reinstate, these kilns for brick burning; whether he is aware that this has delayed the production of bricks: and when he paid the rent for the kilns due on 25th March.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. Leonard)

On 14th December, 1945, the company asked for the release of these kilns and an office by 25th March, 1946, and they were, in fact, derequisitioned on that date. I understand that a claim under the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, is at present being considered by the Ministry of Works, who paid the rent due up to 25th March on 16th April.

Sir J. Mellor

How does the Minister expect the company to reinstate these kilns until they know what compensation they are going to get?

Mr. Leonard

I am informed that on 5th April the company lodged a claim with the Ministry of Works and arrangements are being made to settle this matter as quickly as possible.

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