HC Deb 19 May 1954 vol 527 cc2066-7
7. Mr. Grimond

asked the Under-secretary of State for Air the value of equipment and buildings in Orkney still held by the Air Ministry but unused; and what is the estimated loss on such buildings and equipment by deterioration since the end of the war.

Mr. Ward

I regret that this information is not readily available. I am having inquiries made and will write to the hon. Member as soon as I can.

Mr. Grimond

While I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for offering to make inquiries, I find it rather alarming that there is a necessity for this. Is there no regular system of inspection and accounting of Air Ministry property wherever it is?

Mr. Ward

There is no point in regular detailed inspections of disused sites, and in order to get the value which the hon. Member wants it would be necessary to make a special inspection.