§ Mr. John Hare
None, Sir. Following rulings by the Public Accounts Committee, that the sale of surplus Government stores should be by open competition, it is a general rule that surplus stores are not sold to troops.
§ Mr. Dodds
Does not the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that these blades could have been sold before they became surplus stores? Will he explain why, if these razor blades were bought during the war, they have had to be kept until 1957? Could they not have been sold to the troops without becoming surplus stores? That is the complaint.
§ Mr. Nabarro
Is it not a fact that this accumulation of razor blades was there 216 in 1945, and there in 1951—the same razor blades? Is not the guilty man the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Easington (Mr. Shinwell)? Why does he not get up and tell us?
§ Mr. Shinwell
I want to ask the right hon. Gentleman two simple questions. Is it not true that the bulk of these razor blades were purchased during the war? Would he send a selection of these surplus blades to the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Nabarro) so that he might shave his moustache?