§ Mr. Edge
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to enable local authorities to make home loss payments on a discretionary basis to those who lost their homes immediately prior to 17th October, 1972 and hence fall outside the scope of the Land Compensation Act 1973.
§ Mr. Oakes
No. To do so would simply create fresh anomalies between those who satisfied the new criteria and those who did not. Every scheme of this kind has to have a starting date.