§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is intended to set up a court of inquiry into the recent damage done in a certain village, early in July, as the result of the detonation of certain explosives by Royal Engineers; Whether the Claims Commission have carried out a full examination of the loss and damage that have been caused to property; what steps are to be taken, and under what grant, to pay compensation; and whether the War Office, in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Buildings, will undertake that the necessary licences shall be granted for labour and material to enable the essential and urgent repairs to houses and other buildings to be carried out?
§ Captain Margesson
It is not considered that any court of inquiry is necessary in this case. The damaged properties have been examined by the district claims officer, and owners and occupiers were advised to submit their claims to him. Arrangements were made with local contractors for the immediate execution of emergency repairs necessary to make the damaged premises habitable. Licences for material will be granted where necessary.