Surplus Goods (Disposal)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley 12:00, 21 March 1945

asked the Minister of Supply if he will state the classes of surplus goods for the disposal of which his Ministry is responsible; and what is the procedure to be followed by persons wishing to purchase any of these surplus goods.

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

The main classes of goods for the disposal of which the Ministry of Supply is responsible are general purpose plant and machinery, machine tools, vehicles, locomotives and rolling stock, scientific instruments, hand tools, ball and roller bearings, medical stores and various raw materials. As stated in paragraph 10 of the White Paper on Disposals Policy (Cmd. 6539), it is intended, unless there is good reason to the contrary, to distribute the goods through those traders or manufacturers who would normally handle or use them. Intending purchasers should, therefore, approach their usual sources of supply.

Photo of Mr Thomas Levy Mr Thomas Levy , Elland

Is the same procedure being adopted in this case as that adopted in the racket so far as motor cars are concerned?

Mr. De la Bére:

I want to know more about those motor cars.