(2) what has been the total expenditure in the years 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949 to the nearest convenient date on motor cars for Government Departments and nationalised industries.
Neither nationalised industries nor their officials buy cars through my Department. The values of motor cars bought by the Ministry of Supply for all Government Departments in 1946, 1947 and 1948 are, in round figures, £942,000, £692,000 and £343,000 respectively. Up to the end of August, 1949, the value is £270,000. The total number of cars delivered from the end of the war to the end of August this year for use by Government Departments represents only 1.8 per cent. of the total deliveries of cars to the home market in the same period.
Does the Minister's reply mean that there is absolutely no truth in the leading article in the "Sunday Express," and in view of the fact that it enunciated in that article that officials of the nationalised industries were buying cars less Purchase Tax and selling them at a profit, may I ask whether any apology or any correction has been sought?