§ 8. Mr. J. R. H. Hutchison
asked the Secretary of State for War how the sale of surplus Army stores in the Canal Zone is proceeding; how much remains to be sold; whether satisfactory prices have been obtained for items sold; and who the principal buyers were.
§ Mr. F. Maclean
Sales are going well and prices paid have on the whole been satisfactory. The biggest single buyer has been the Egyptian Government and other buyers have been mainly Egyptian dealers. Of the whole surplus only about 20 per cent. by weight is still unsold.
§ Mr. Hutchison
Is my hon. Friend satisfied that the prices paid by the Egyptian Government are as good as could be obtained elsewhere?
§ Mr. Shinwell
May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether any proposal has been made to any other country in the Middle East—for example, the State of Israel—to purchase some of these surplus stores?
§ Mr. Maclean
The sales have been advertised by the Ministry of Supply, and they were certainly open to other purchasers.
§ 30. Mr. Bellenger
asked the Secretary of State for War what amount of stores and equipment has become surplus owing to the disbandment of Anti-Aircraft Command; and what is happening to it.
§ Mr. Bellenger
I should have thought that answer obvious without my putting the Question. Cannot the right hon. Gentleman tell us something about the various ways?