HC Deb 27 February 1951 vol 484 cc1891-2
24. Mr. Baker White

asked the Secretary of State for War why material, plant and equipment capable of being used in the present defence expansion programme for the equipment of camps and the training of troops is being offered for sale by public auction on 21st February at the Command Engineers Depot, Canterbury.

Mr. Strachey

The majority of these stores were unserviceable. The remainder were of obsolete pattern and were no longer of use.

Mr. Baker White

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that included in the sale were 1,300 gallons of wood preservative, 9,000 lb. of paint, 35 gallons of varnish. 800 quires of target paper and 230 targets? Does he not think that it is a waste of the taxpayers' money to sell things which are serviceable and useful?

Mr. Strachey

In the judgment of the competent authorities, they were not serviceable and useful.