HC Deb 07 March 1945 vol 408 cc2006-7
28. Mr. Higgs

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production if he is aware of the long delay that is arising in giving manufacturing concerns disposal instructions for redundant material belonging to completed and cancelled contracts; and will he arrange for the contracts disposal branch to accelerate these instructions.

The Minister of Aircraft Production (Sir Stafford Cripps)

Every effort is being made to issue disposal instructions to contractors for redundant contract arisings with all practical speed; the main difficulty encountered at present is in obtaining storage space to which redundant materials can be moved pending their final disposal. If the hon. Member has a particular case in mind and will be good enough to give me particulars I will gladly investigate it.

Mr. Higgs

Is the Minister aware that disposal instructions often take as long as six months, while very valuable floor space is occupied, and firms are prevented from changing over to peace-time production?

Sir S. Cripps

We have had one or two complaints of interference with changeover, but none of them have been established, on inquiry.