HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 c748W
Mr. R. Duckworth

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when it is proposed to make any statement on the need or otherwise for further war damage contributions from the public after the conclusion of the current five years period.

Sir J. Anderson

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answers given on 5th October and 26th September to my hon. Friends the Members for Bournemouth (Sir L. Lyle) and Tamworth (Sir J. Mellor) respectively. I cannot take a decision on this matter until I know more clearly than is at present possible what the total cost of Part I of the War Damage Act is likely to be.

Mr. Turton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, when payment of compensation under the War Damage Act is being considered, he will give priority of payment to those claimants in respect of property destroyed by enemy action in the first two years of the war.

Sir J. Anderson

Cost of works payments are made as and when the relevant properties are repaired, and I assume, therefore, that my hon. Friend has in mind the release of value payments. I have taken note of his suggestion, but if any system of priorities were found to be desirable I should expect that other considerations of perhaps even greater importance might arise.