§ 55. Mr. Christopher Price
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report the criteria he adopts for deciding eligibility for home loss payments.
§ Mr. Oakes
Eligibility is governed by Sections 29–33 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. If my hon. Friend is referring to eligibility for extra-statutory expenditure under Section 161 of the Local Government Act 1972 in certain home loss cases, the main criterion is that the circumstances of the claimant must have been such that it would have been unreasonable to expect him to make a claim within the statutory claim period. Each case is considered on its merits within this principle.