HC Deb 07 November 1947 vol 443 c262W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Agriculture what relation compensation rentals paid to dispossessed farmers bear to the rents received by the agricultural executive committees from the tenants they instal in dispossessed premises.

Mr. T. Williams

The basis of compensation rental as laid down in Section 2 (1) (a) of the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, is the equivalent of the rent which a tenant entering immediately before requisition would be willing to pay for the land in its condition at that time, no account being taken of appreciation of values due to the emergency. The rent obtained by the committee depends upon the value of the property in its condition at the time of letting, account being taken of improvements carried out by the committee.