HC Deb 26 February 1920 vol 125 cc1943-4W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether any condition was made in the recent sale to a Bradford buyer by the Disposals Board of 15,000,000 yards of flannel that the material should first be offered in the home market, having regard to the scarcity and price of flannel in this country; if not, can he see his way to impose some such condition in all similar sales for the future, in order that people at home may first have the opportunity of benefiting by any advantage that can be derived by such disposal of State property?


No such condition as that suggested by my hon. Friend was imposed. All material available for disposal is very widely advertised, every opportunity being afforded to the home purchaser to obtain such material at reasonable prices. In view, however, of the position of the exchanges, to go further than this in the direction suggested by my hon. Friend would not be in the best interests of the people at home.