HC Deb 10 September 1941 vol 374 c195W
Sir R. Tasker

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, as compensation for requisitioned property is based upon the value of the property immediately before the war under the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, he will ensure that no valuers shall contend that the property is of a substantially less value than in normal times because it is situated in a prohibited area?

Sir K. Wood

In Section 2 (1) (a) of the Compensation (Defence) Act the compensation rent has to be fixed with reference to the date immediately preceding the requisition, and not on the basis of pre-war value. I cannot, therefore, issue instructions in the sense suggested. I am about to publish a report on the subject of requisitioning which deals with this among other questions.