HC Deb 04 March 1946 vol 420 cc8-9
20. Mr. Usborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the need for enabling surplus stores to reach the public more rapidly and for setting free storage space; and whether he proposes any modification in policy to this end.

Sir S. Cripps

Yes, Sir. In disposing of surplus stores, Departments will continue to be guided generally by the principles of the White Paper (Cmd. 6539), but directions have been given that other methods must be used in any cases in which there are undue delays in disposal.

Mr. Usborne

Will this new policy apply to stocks of furniture and stock of the sort which one can see in the lower decks of the Admiralty, and probably in other Ministries?

Sir S. Cripps

It applies to all stocks which are declared surplus by any Departments.

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