HC Deb 01 October 1941 vol 374 cc581-2
71 and 72. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (1) whether he is satisfied with the rate and volume of production of new spare parts and tyres for road transport vehicles? (2) whether the demand for spare and replacement parts and tyres exceeds the available supply; what steps he is taking, cither to reduce the demand or increase the supply; and what steps have been taken or are contemplated for reclaiming and reconditioning used spare parts?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

I am satisfied that the action taken by the Ministry of Supply is resulting in a supply of spare parts sufficient to meet the requirements of essential civil transport. Greatly increased allocations of raw materials and productive capacity have been made for this purpose. As regards the supply of tyres, a scheme has been introduced in conjunction with the Ministry of War Transport, for ensuring that tyres are available for essential vehicles. This scheme is working smoothly. The Ministry of Supply, has also directed vehicle manufacturers to arrange for reclaiming and reconditioning used spare parts wherever practicable.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Is my right hon. Friend now satisfied that the production of spare parts is of such volume that civilian transport is now being turned out on repair quicker than it has been previously?

Mr. Macmillan

Yes, Sir. I am not wholly satisfied with the position, but there has been a very great improvement since the beginning of this scheme, and I am confident it will meet all needs.