HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 cc1540-1W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production on what basis is capital supplied by his Ministry to the contractors engaged in the civilian repair organisation attached to Royal Air Force stations; and on what terms?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

When contractors need capital assistance for expanding or adapting their capacity in order to execute repair contracts, the usual arrangement is for the Ministry to bear the cost and acquire ownership of the extensions as far as practicable. A rental is charged representing 4 per cent. per annum of the cost.

Mr. Edwards

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production what is the total financial value of tools, machinery, capital, etc., advanced by his Ministry to private aircraft constructors for use in fulfilling Government contracts?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

I regret that it would not be in the public interest to give this information.