HC Deb 11 November 1941 vol 374 cc2026-7
32. Mr. Purbrick

asked the Secretary of State for War how many Army motor-vehicles are out of use for the want of spare parts; and will he consider having these put in order in priority to building new ones?

Captain Margesson

I am afraid that the number of vehicles out of use for want of spare parts at any given time could only be ascertained by calling for returns from every Command at home and abroad. Such information as it available, however, indicates that the percentage of vehicles out of use for any cause compares very favourably with that of the largest commercial transport undertakings, and there is no undue delay in putting them in order.

Mr. Purbrick

Would it be possible to get these motor vehicles repaired as soon as possible instead of building new ones?

Captain Margesson

I quite agree that it is very important to repair these motor vehicles as soon as possible.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Is it necessary to have Army vehicles conveyed all the way from the North Midlands to the South when they pass through districts where there are repair shops not fully in employment?

Captain Margesson

I must have notice of a detailed question of that kind.

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