HC Deb 04 June 1956 vol 553 cc694-5
23. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Supply what percentage of the 19 tons of screws offered for sale by his Department on Friday, 13th April, were unused.

The Minister of Supply (Mr. Reginald Maudling)

All the screws were unused, but they were rusty and mixed in sizes.

Mr. Langford-Holt

In view of the fact that my right hon. Friend gave me precisely the same answer about 1I8 tons of nails, can he say whether these screws were rendered rusty by his Department or were badly stored and, therefore, were rusty when they were delivered to him by another Department?

Mr. Maudling

Any question on the storage of the screws should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Will my right hon. Friend go a little further? He has admitted that he sold screws in a rusty condition. I have asked whether he made them rusty or, if not, who did?

Mr. Maudling

My responsibility is to dispose of stores declared surplus by the War Office. We naturally considered whether it was worth while de-rusting them, but the cost of doing so would not have been worth while.

Mr. Lewis

Did they come from B.S.A.?