13. Mr. CHARLES PALMER
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether he is aware of the fact that many discharged soldiers are anxious to secure disused Army lorries for business purposes, but are unable to pay down the full price; and, seeing that it is computed that there are 80,000 such lorries rotting in the country, will he devise some hire-purchase scheme by which discharged soldiers can be given facilities for acquiring the lorries they need?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of MUNITIONS (Mr. James Hope)
As my hon. Friend has no doubt observed from the official announcement which appeared in the public Press, the Disposal Board has now sold the whole of the surplus stock of mechanical transport vehicles which are the property of the Disposal Board. The preamble to the latter part of the question has no warrant in fact.