§ 31. Mr. S. O. Davies
asked the Lord Privy Seal what was the cost to Her Majesty's Government of chartering on 8th March a DC.7C airliner from Gatwick to Moscow carrying 8 tons of building materials, Government workmen and two bags of cement.
§ Mr. Davies
Will the right hon. Gentleman take the House into his confidence by telling us why these 8 tons of materials, British workmen and, in particular, two bags of cement were conveyed all the way from this country to do some small repairs to the British Embassy in Moscow?
§ Sir C. Osborne
Instead of incurring an expenditure of £2,300, what would it have cost to have had this work done by local workmen in Moscow without infringing vital security measures?
§ Mr. Bellenger
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether these two bags of cement were Portland cement or a code name for something more insidious?