HC Deb 03 May 1948 vol 450 cc93-4W
9. Mr. Gammans

asked the Minister of Works under what authority he has offered Mrs. E. L. Friday, the freehold owner of 47 Effingham Road, N.8, 25s. as compensation for her cast-iron gate and railings which were taken away as scrap during the war, when the cost of replacement in the cheapest form in wood or other material would be from £10 to £12; and if he will reconsider this matter.

Mr. Key

The authority for the offer of compensation is contained in Section 6 of the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939. This Section of the Act provides only for the payment of compensation based on the value of the chattels at the time of requisition but not for the cost of replacement. I regret that there are no grounds on which I may consider the claim on the basis of the cost of replacing the fixtures.