HC Deb 05 February 1947 vol 432 cc1763-4
40. Sir P. Hannon

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the policy of the Control Commission in Germany on the production and sale of motor cars; if the mass production of motor cars at Hanover is under the direction of the Control Commission; and if he will give the sales prices of German made motor cars to British Service men and women and to German nationals respectively.

Mr. J. Hynd

The, existing level of industry plan provides for a maximum production of 20,000 private cars a year in the British zone. Production is controlled by the British Element of the Commission and is at present limited to Volkswagen. The cars are used for official purposes by the occupying forces and the Control Commission. Sales are made to British and American personnel, Allied Missions, U.N.R.R.A., and to those Germans who can prove an essential need. For the selling prices of the car I would refer to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. C. S. Taylor) on 29th January.

Sir P. Hannon

Can the Chancellor of the Duchy say whether any preferential treatment is given to the servants of the Control Commissions in the American and British zones in Germany in the disposal of these cars?

Mr. Hynd

There is no preference except in regard to the urgency of need in the case of the Germans, which has to be established. Of course, there is the matter of the availability of cars in regard to the American and British personnel.