§ 79. Mr. H. Nicholls
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the reason for the delay in making payment of the claim 50/174352 in respect of war damage to chattels; and how far enhanced payment will be made to Mrs. Church to compensate her for the loss of interest or use of the money plus any fall in money value since the claim value was agreed in 1946.
§ Mr. J. Edwards
A private chattels claim by Mrs. Church for a loss resulting from an incident in 1945, has been assessed and paid. After the assessment of this loss in 1946, she for the first time submitted a claim in respect of a loss in 1941 at another address. I regret to say that the papers relating to the latter claim have been mislaid, but instructions have been given for the matter to be dealt with as quickly as possible and the Board of Trade is already in touch with Mrs. Church's solicitors.
With regard to the second part of the Question, a claimant who sustained a 193W private chattels loss in. 1941 for which payment has not yet been made, would be entitled to the amount represented by the assessment of the loss, together with interest at the rate of 2½ per cent. thereon from the date of loss to the date of payment and a supplementary payment calculated in accordance with the statement made on the 21st October, 1946, by the then President of the Board of Trade.