§ 8. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Works whether any further consideration has been given to the responsibility of the Government in replacing iron railings, or in meeting the heavy burden replacement will impose on individuals and public bodies.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
No, Sir. The Government does not propose to accept any general responsibility for the replacement of railings collected for war purposes, for to make any contribution in addition to the compensation payable, to cover the cost of any railings that owners or occupiers of land may decide to replace.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Is the Minister aware that the compensation paid was completely ridiculous and out of all proportion to the actual cost of replacement, and would he not see that the matter is reconsidered?
§ Mr. Stokes
As the Minister's answer has indicated a negative resistance to the replacement of iron railings, will he indicate what positive steps the Government will take to prevent the replacement of any iron railings?
Is it fair that one section of the community should have to bear this expense? Why can it not be spread over the whole community?