HC Deb 19 February 1920 vol 125 cc1080-1W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether alternative accommodation for the Army Pay Department has been now provided at Shrewsbury, as foreshadowed in his reply of the 23rd December, 1919, so that the corporation baths may be at once vacated by the military; is he aware that unless these baths are restored to the corporation immediately it will be impossible to have them ready for use this spring and summer; and is he aware that no payment whatever has been made for the use of these buildings by the War Office during four years?


With regard to the first and second parts of the question, enquiries are being made as to how the matter now stands, and I will let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible. As regards the last part of the question the answer is in the affirmative. I understand that when the corporation's claim was considered by the Defence of the Realm Losses Commission, the Commission determined that the military occu- pation did not entail direct and substantial monetary loss, apart from dilapidations, which should form the subject of a separate claim.