Surplus Government Stores

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1945.

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Photo of Mr Sidney Shephard Mr Sidney Shephard , Newark 12:00 am, 17th December 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade what organisations have been set up by his Department to deal with the disposal of Government surplus stores; and what value of goods have each disposed of, to a recent date.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

The trading organisations which have been set up, or are used, by the Board of Trade to deal with the disposal of Government surplus stores and the value of goods which each has disposed of to the 30th November, are as follows:

£
Surplus Textiles Corporation, Ltd.788,481
Reconditioned and Salvaged Clothing Merchants' Association, Ltd.145,862
British Overseas Cotton, Ltd.172,200

In addition, the Wool Industry Surplus Cloth Corporation, Ltd., has just started operations, and a Surplus Hardware Corporation is about to be registered.

Photo of Mr Sidney Shephard Mr Sidney Shephard , Newark

Is the Minister satisfied with the present progress of the disposal of surplus Government stores?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I am never satisfied with anything, but this is going, I think, as well as can be expected.