Military Equipment In Transit (Damage)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 December 1969.

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Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking 12:00, 3 December 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the cost, in each of the last three years, of damage in transit to military equipment and stores shipped from British ports to Service units overseas.

Mr. Hartersley:

The estimated costs were:

£
1966–675,800
1967–685,500
1968–693,100
These figures do not allow for sums recovered from the shipping companies

Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking

What were the total sums involved? How much of the damage was plainly wanton?

Photo of Mr Roy Hattersley Mr Roy Hattersley , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I cannot give the hon. Gentleman a figure for the total involved. Virtually none of the damage was wanton.