HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 cc972-3
18. Mr. Medlicott

asked the Secretary of State for War how many claims in respect of requisitioned properties have been agreed but not paid; and what is the total amount still owing to owners of property in respect of or consequent upon military use or occupation.

Mr. Shinwell

The average number of claims which have been finally agreed and are in process of payment at any given current date is about 500, and this on the average represents a sum due to claimants of approximately £250,000.

Mr. Medlicott

Is the Minister aware that there is often a delay of several months between the agreeing of the claim and the receipt of the cheque by the owner of the property; and will he do everything possible, in consultation with the Treasury, to speed up the machinery of payment?

Mr. Shinwell

I am informed that, generally speaking, the time taken between final agreement and the payment of the claim is about two and a half weeks, which does not seem unduly long. However, if it is thought that some further action should be taken, I will inquire further into the matter.