HC Deb 28 June 1955 vol 543 c14W
73. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many applications for payment under Part I of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1954, in respect of loss of development value were outstanding on 31st December, 1954, and at the latest convenient date, respectively; and whether he is satisfied that the staff available to the Central Land Board is sufficient to discharge these applications expeditiously.

Mr. Sandys

The Act did not come into operation until 1st January, 1955, by which time the Board had received 3,541 applications. The issue of determinations and payments on these applications began immediately after 1st January. By 17th June the Board had received 91,000 applications, of which 15,000 have been paid and 14,000 found not to qualify for a payment. Another 3,000 payments have been determined and will be paid as soon as the statutory period for appeals expires. This progress is reasonably satisfactory, having regard to the difficulties inherent in many of these cases; but I will continue to watch the position.