§ Mr. LYLE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions the system under which offers for the disposable motor lorries in the British zone in Germany are being considered; and whether he is aware that better prices could be obtained if the ordinary methods of disposal were observed?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
The system is that of considering all offers which the Board receive for the sale of the vehiclesin situ and of accepting the highest offer obtainable provided that the price offered compares favourably with the average prices realised at home, regard being had to the fact that the cost of guarding and of transport would fall on the purchaser, and that the firm making the offer is of satisfactory financial standing. In view of the exceptional situation in Cologne and the condition of the German exchange, I do not consider that the ordinary methods of disposal by auction would secure better prices.