HC Deb 19 December 1946 vol 431 cc419-20W
55. Sir G. Fox

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the owners of residential property requisitioned under the Compensation Defence Act, 1939, and subsequently adapted by the Service authorities for warlike purposes are unable, under present conditions, to obtain compensation to an amount greater than the value of the land at the time when possession was taken, despite the fact that the cost of re-adapting the premises to their original residential purpose may be substantially in excess of that amount; and if arrangements will be made to provide fair treatment for small residential property owners in such cases.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir," but I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to Section 52 of the Requisitioned Land and War Works Act, 1945, under which, if reinstatement is in the public interest, the whole cost may be borne by public funds notwithstanding the ceiling imposed by the Act of 1939.