§ 34. Mr. HAYDN JONES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions the name of the owner of the building now occupied as an explosives store at Dinas Mawddwy; what rent is being paid in respect thereof and the name of the superintendent; whether, although no explosives have been taken to or from the store since June last, the services of a superintendent and four men are still retained; and whether, with a view to economy in the national interests, immediate steps will be taken to close the store and thus effect a saving of nearly £1,000 per annum?
The owner of the store at Dinas Mawddwy is Mr. J. H. Bullock, J.P. No rent is being paid and the amount of compensation for occupation has not yet been decided. Mr. T. A. Bullock, a brother of the owner, is superintendent, and is in receipt of a salary of £200 per annum. Two labourers and two night watchmen are employed at salaries amounting to £9 2s. 6d. per week, so that the total of the salaries for a year is £674 10s. There is no other storage available, and as £12,000 has already been realised by sales, which it is hoped will continue, it is not at present expedient to destroy the stock and close the store.