§ 61. Sir Granville Gibson
asked the Minister of Supply the total number of boots discarded by each of the three Fighting Services from the outbreak of war to 31st December, 1941, and the total sales to dealers made by each Service during that period; the total number discarded by each of the three Fighting Services from 1st January, 1942, to 30th June, 1943; the total quantity sold to dealers by each Service and the total number handed over by each Service to the Ministry during that period; and, of the boots handed over 2300 by such Services to the Ministry, what percentages have been rebuilt, repaired, clogged, sold for fertiliser purposes, sold to dealers or destroyed, and what number remained to be dealt with on 30th June, 1943?
§ The Minister of Supply (Sir Andrew Duncan)
As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Sir G. Gibson
Has there been a change of policy in respect of the sale of discarded boots since January, 1942, up to which time they had been disposed of in this way? Is it the intention of the Ministry of Supply not to dispose of any further quantities to private individuals or firms?
§ Sir A. Duncan
Yes, Sir, as I indicated, no discarded Service boots are now being sold to the trade.
§ Following is the information:
§ Completely reliable information is not available in regard to the number of boots discarded by each of the three Fighting Services during the two periods mentioned. The total sales to dealers made by the Ministry of Supply during these two periods was 1,123,750 pairs and 232,700 pairs respectively. The total number of pairs of boots handed over by each Service to the Ministry during the latter of the two periods is approximately as follows: