§ 12. Mr. H. Hynd
asked the Secretary of State for Air what efforts are being made to clear goods from redundant ground equipment depots in order to avoid further loss, waste and deterioration.
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
There are five ground equipment depots in this country, from which goods and equipment are steadily being cleared. Equipment needed by the Royal Air Force is transferred to seven permanent storage depots. Surplus equipment is declared for disposal to the Ministry of Supply. Goods that might deteriorate are properly stored. The depot staff are constantly reminded that they must avoid all waste or loss, and in general I am satisfied that a difficult task is being handled well.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
I am afraid we must hand them over to the Department which disposes of them. I do not think we could 344 set up a sales organisation. We are doing our best to accelerate this disposal but we are hampered by shortage of labour.
§ Major Bruce
Would my right hon. Friend make sure that there is no generating equipment included in these depots?