HC Deb 11 July 1950 vol 477 cc1137-8
45. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for war damage to dwelling-houses have been rejected to the latest convenient date.

Sir S. Cripps

I regret that this information is not available.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say whether the Government's policy on this matter is therefore based on abysmal ignorance of the facts?

Sir S. Cripps

No, it is not based on abysmal ignorance of the facts, but this fact is not available.

Captain Ryder

When the Chancellor says that it is not available, is it because he does not wish to disclose this information to the House or because the War Damage Commission have not the necessary information?

Sir S. Cripps

Had the hon. and gallant Member had a little more knowledge of the usual courtesies of Question Time, he would not have asked that supplementary question.