HC Deb 14 July 1942 vol 381 cc1098-9W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for War why, when the Army requisitioned residential premises for military purposes, it merely accepts responsibility for the rates, rent and certain repairs, but leaves the tenant to pay the ground rent; and whether, as in London these ground rents are very high, he will consider defraying this rent also in addition to the liabilities mentioned?

Sir J. Grigg

A requisitioning authority does not take over a tenant's responsibility for rent, but makes a payment to him, as the person otherwise entitled to occupy. This is assessed under Section 2(1) (a) of the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, and any ground rent which is in payment is therefore taken into account.