HC Deb 29 October 1918 vol 110 cc1265-6
10. Captain CARR-GOMM

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the whole scheme for constructing a motor repair depot at Cippenham is being proceeded with; and, if so, whether he will explain why this is being done, in view of the recommendation of the Select Committee on Expenditure to the effect that it should be finished in sections?


In accordance with the recommendation of the Select Committee, labour is being concentrated on the completion of certain buildings only, but particular services, such as ran and road communications, which are necessary for the whole or any part of the scheme must necessarily be proceeded with.

11. Captain CARR-GOMM

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will state the names of the civil and military-experts who considered the offer of motor firms to undertake the repair of a large number of motors at a quarter the cost of the Government scheme at Cippenham; and will he give the date of their decision?


The offer of the motor firms referred to was considered by the expert officers of the Directorate of Supplies and Transport at the War Office and also by the Mechanical Transport Board. Many officials gave the matter close consideration. Nothing would be gained by publishing their names. The matter was considered during July last and a decision was reached towards the end of the month.


Was there anybody at these conferences representing the Treasury or any Department whatsoever that had regard to public economy?


We all have regard to economy.


Is it a fact that a large number of motor manufacturers offered to repair these cars at a quarter of the cost which will be entailed at Cippenham?


I do not think so.