HC Deb 13 March 1946 vol 420 cc1081-2
6. Mr. Sidney Shephard

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how many R.A.F. hangars are now redundant; and how many of them have been passed over to the Board of Trade for disposal.

Mr. Strachey

We have informed the Board of Trade that 387 hangars are no longer required by the Royal Air Force. The Board of Trade allocates the hangars to various Departments for storage.

Mr. Shephard

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I addressed a Question to the Board of Trade on this particular point, and that it has been handed over to the Ministry of Works? Can the hon. Gentleman say which Department is dealing with it?

Mr. Strachey

My information is that the Board of Trade is the Department responsible for allocating.

Mr. Shephard

Have these hangars actually been handed over?

Mr. Strachey

Yes, it is analogous to our declaring surplus procedure. We have informed the Board of Trade that we do not want the hangars, and the Board of Trade is allocating them for storage purposes.

Major John Morrison

. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I had a similar experience to that of my hon. Friend, and it took four months to get a very unsatisfactory reply?

Mr. Strachey

That is the position. We cannot be responsible for the allocation, because I understand it is the Board of Trade which allocates. It certainly is not we.

Mr. R. S. Hudson

Is not this another example of lack of co-ordination between Departments?

Mr. Speaker

May I recommend the right hon. Gentleman to study the evidence given to the Procedure Committee by the acting Leader of the Opposition?