HC Deb 04 July 1950 vol 477 cc245-6
49. Captain Ryder

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons have had their war damage claims refused on the ground that they notified the local council instead of the War Damage Commission.

Sir S. Cripps

I regret that the information is not available.

Captain Ryder

Is the Chancellor of the Exchequer not aware that when these provisions were made it was the desire of the House that these people should receive fair compensation; and will he consider whether some alleviation cannot now be given in these cases, which are reported to be very numerous?

Sir S. Cripps

I am afraid I have stated that the information is not available.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Does that answer mean that the Government's refusal to introduce amending legislation to deal with this very real evil is based on no information whatever?

Sir S. Cripps

No, it means exactly what it states.


Ryder: In view of the very unsatisfactory nature of the reply given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, I wish to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.