Textiles Surplus, Limited.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury who are Textiles Surplus, Limited; what is their capital; what was the nature of the contract entered into by the Disposal Board with them; and whether any arrangements have been made with the company for giving preference in disposal to any of their friends in Manchester or otherwise?

Photo of Mr Edward Young Mr Edward Young , Norwich

The company is a limited liability company, and full information as to its composition and capital is available at Somerset House. With regard to the third part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which was given on this subject on the 10th May. I am not sure that I understand the last part of the question. My hon. Friend does not, I imagine, mean to suggest that the officials of the Department have arranged for a preference to their own friends. I need not say that such a suggestion would be absolutely baseless. In general, no arrangements for preferential treatment have been made by the Disposal Board or with their knowledge.

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

if I put down a question for a non-oral answer will the hon. Gentleman give full details of this contract?

Photo of Mr Edward Young Mr Edward Young , Norwich

If the hon. Member states specifically what information he requires, I shall be most happy to furnish it.

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

Will he give the House a copy of the contract?

Photo of Mr Edward Young Mr Edward Young , Norwich

I would like notice of that question.