HC Deb 15 December 1955 vol 547 c1388
50. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many aeroplanes sold as surplus Army stores to private dealers in the past year have subsequently been exported.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

None, but 35 Royal Air Force aircraft sold to private dealers in the past year have been licensed for export.

Mr. Thomas

Has the Minister any knowledge of the eventual destination of the aircraft? Is it not a little disturbing that so much has now been admitted by right hon. Gentlemen opposite to have been exported—when it was supposed to be used for scrap—and is finding it way to Egypt and the Middle East?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Twenty-one of the aircraft went to Canada, and they were perfectly properly exported after consultation with the appropriate Departments.