§ Mr. A. Edwards
asked the President of the Board of Trade if the Government factories offered for sale by the Government are to be sold to the highest bidder; and, if not, what are to be the considerations determining sale.
§ Captain Waterhouse
As has previously been stated, these factories will not normally be sold outright, but will be leased to selected applicants. In either case, they will be allocated in accordance with certain criteria of national interest. These were indicated in the full statements about the disposal of Government factories made by my right hon. Friend on 25th July and 20th October.