HC Deb 05 March 1946 vol 420 c59W
128. Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether in assessing furniture costs in respect of bomb damage claims, he will see that this is done at reigning replacement prices and not at 1939 values.

Mr. Belcher

In accordance with the Regulations and Orders made under the War Damage Act, 1943, claims in respect of war damage to goods have to be and are assessed on the basis of values ruling at the time of loss and not at 1939 values. If my hon. Friend has in mind a possible disparity between the values ruling at the time of the loss and at the time of replacement, I would refer him to the general assurance given by the then Parliamentary Secretary on 3rd June, 1942, during the Debate on the War Damage (Amendment) Bill. I am sending my hon Friend "a copy of that assurance Where however, for special reasons, earlier payment is made, the amount assessed may be increased to enable essential good- to be repaired or replaced immediately