Parked Vehicles, Germany

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Secretary of State for War how many of the vehicles parked on the Hamburg-Bremen Autobahn have been deprived of one or all their wheels; and how many, wheeled vehicles there are altogether in that park with or without wheels.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

No records are available of the number of vehicles on this autobahn with or without wheels, respectively. The total number of vehicles at present held in the park is 9,650.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I visited the park recently and found that about 50 per cent, of the vehicles are without wheels? What does he propose to do about it?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

If my hon. Friend, during his visit to the autobahn, detected how many wheels were absent, he has got the information.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Yes, but is my right hon. Friend aware that I have raised this matter before, and that literally millions of pounds worth of stuff is going to waste there because nothing is done? When does he propose to do anything about it?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

I have made very careful inquiries into these allegations about waste, and I think they are grossly, exaggerated.

Photo of Sir Martin Lindsay Sir Martin Lindsay , Solihull

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there has been no change in the situation for two years now, to my certain knowledge?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

All I can say to the hon. Gentleman is that his knowledge is not certain.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.