HC Deb 05 November 1945 vol 415 cc907-8
90. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production if he is aware that the shortage of spare parts and accessories has become even more acute during the past three months; what steps he is taking to remove this handicap on general trade; and whether he will endeavour to acquire stocks of accessories now in the hands of manufacturers which were purchased by the U.S.A. but which, apparently, are no longer required..

Mr. Wilmot

The shortage of spare parts and accessories for motor vehicles has been aggravated by the re-introduction of the basic petrol ration, by the removal of restriction on the export of spares and accessories, and by the age of the vehicles now in use. Every effort is being made to encourage both vehicle and component manufacturers to meet the increased demand, and vehicle manufacturers can draw on surplus Service spares to meet their civilian requirements when such a course is practicable. I am not aware of the stocks of accessories purchased by the U.S.A. to which my hon. Friend refers and I shall be glad if he will send me particulars culate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement showing the types and monthly deliveries..

Wing-Commander Robinson

Will the right hon. Gentleman say how we are going to lead the world in civil aviation with ten months' production of 56 machines?

Mr. Wilmot

By a very greatly accelerated programme, now that the war is over.

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