HC Deb 15 October 1941 vol 374 c1384W
Mr. Woods

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Part II of the War Risks Insurance Act does not cover losses arising from the looting of retailers' stocks of goods, even though in one case at Bristol goods were moved from a building into the street on the orders of the Civil Defence authorities; and whether he will introduce legislation to deal with the matter?

Sir A. Duncan

Loss by looting is not Covered under Part II of the War Risks Insurance Act, 1939. With regard to the second part of the Question, I am afraid that it would not be possible to contemplate legislation to cover this class of risk. For the reasons which necessitate the limitation of the Government Insurance schemes to direct forms of war damage. I would refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons on 5th September, 1940.