HC Deb 17 November 1947 vol 444 c800
44. Mr. Stokes

asked the Minister of Supply when he will publish a list of new and secondhand excavators purchased in America since 1st January this year, showing sizes and types; and when delivery of the 367 machines ordered will be completed.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

Purchases on Government account have been made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Works. As the list contains a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The 367 machines are scheduled for delivery by the end of 1948.

Mr. Stokes

Is my right hon. Friend able to tell us how many have yet arrived, and whether he has any report from users as to whether they are satisfied?

Mr. Strauss

Not without notice.

Following is the list:

Excavators purchased in the U.S.A. on Government account in 1947.
Size. Quantity. Equipment.
½ cubic yard 118 4 purpose.
¾ cubic yard 55 Draglines and/or shovels.
2 cubic yard 129
3½ cubic yards 103
4 cubic yards or over 19 Draglines

In addition import licences have been issued for $2,250,000 worth of machines and spare parts, which cannot be readily separated. It cannot be assumed, however, that all licences issued will result in purchases.

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