HC Deb 12 March 1958 vol 584 cc397-8
5. Mr. J. Eden

asked the Secretary of State for War how frequently sales of Government surplus stock are held by his Department; and to what extent financial loss is thus incurred.

Mr. Soames

In the United Kingdom. direct sales by Army depots are exceptional and take place only when the total stock to be sold is of not more than£500 in value. The great majority of disposals are arranged by the Ministry of Supply. Commands overseas are authorised to sell surplus stores by auction or competitive tender. The frequency of these sales depends upon the accumulation of stock. The stores are always sold for the best price obtainable.

Mr. Eden

Is it not possible for these sales to take place a little less frequently, perhaps by more moderate buying on the part of those who place orders for Army equipment? I am informed, for example,

Mr. Soames

I do, indeed. I hope it will remain so.

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