HC Deb 15 May 1919 vol 115 c1792W

asked the Secretary of State for War what he proposes to do with the huts and wooden buildings at Etaples and other camps in France; if the same can be taken down and transported to England; and if he has made inquiry of contractors as to how they can deal with them to the best advantage, whether by light sawmills on the spot or in some other way?


The Commissioner of the Disposal Board in France is in constant communication with the Controller of the Huts and Building Materials Disposal Section in this country, as to whether huts, etc., can be sold to better advantage in France or in the United Kingdom. It is probable that in view of transport charges, etc., it will in many cases be more advantageous to sell huts in France, particularly if they can be soldin situ. I should again point out that the Disposal Board cannot deal with any such property until it has been notified as surplus by the War Office, and I do not know whether any notification to this effect has yet been received with regard to the particular huts at Etaples.