HC Deb 13 August 1940 vol 364 cc616-7W
Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he has yet reached a settlement with the claims of the hotels and schools requisitioned by the Government; and what principles govern, and what is, the basis of the settlement?

Captain Crookshank

Claims for compensation in respect of the requisitioning of hotels and schools are dealt with under the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939. That Act providesinter alia for the payment of the rent which might reasonably be expected to be payable by a tenant in occupation and the amount of any expenses reasonably incurred for the purpose of compliance with any directions given in connection with the taking of possession together with the cost of making good any damage to the premises. Payments in settlement or on account of claims have been made in more than four-fifths of the cases in which particulars of claim have been furnished to the Department concerned and negotiations are proceeding for the settlement of outstanding items.