HC Deb 14 February 1940 vol 357 cc781-2W
Captain Ramsay

asked the Minister of Supply what was the quantity of clean home-grown down wool commandeered at 20d. about July last; what was the total sum paid out; how much of this had been released during the three months November, December, and January; what was the gross amount received in payment; how much of the gross profit on these transactions has been paid to the Treasury; and into whose accounts have the deductions been paid?

Mr. Burgin

No wool was requisitioned in July last. The stocks of wool of various kinds in the country have been taken over by the Ministry of Supply since the war began at prices calculated on the bases set out in the Control of Wool (No. 4) Order, the Control of Wool (No. 6) Order, and the Control of Wool (No. 9) Order. The compensation is being paid by the Wool Control of the Ministry of Supply, and the selling prices realised go into the accounts of the Wool Control. What profit, if any, these accounts will eventually show it is too early to judge. It would not be possible without the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of labour to give the particulars asked for as to the payments and receipts in connection with a particular variety of wool.

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