asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government have any tank storage available to lease to reputable companies desiring to sell petrol motor spirit; and whether, seeing that the Government, notably the Admiralty, during the War constructed a number of oil tanks which, except in time of war, will not be completely employed, he will consider whether these tanks, when not required for Government use, or prospective use, in peace time, could he leased?
I have been asked to reply. The Admiralty possess only enough petrol tanks for their own present purpose, and none is available for leasing. Two tanks, each of 25,000 gallon capacity, will, however, shortly be vacated at Felixstowe, and these will be offered for sale when ready. No other tanks are likely to be surplus to requirements in the near future. As I informed my hon. and gallant Friend on the 28th instant, the possibility of leasing tanks temporarily surplus to requirements is always borne in mind, but such occasions are not likely to occur often.
Does the right hon. Gentleman know that in his reply of 28th July he stated that certain surplus tanks had been handed over to the Disposal Board, and were in their hands now?