HC Deb 12 February 1946 vol 419 cc57-8W
Captain G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Works what is the method of disposal of surplus Army huts, and whether priority can be given to applications from organisations such as Scouts.

Mr. Tomlinson

Generally speaking, surplus huts are offered in the first place to the owner of the land on which they have been erected. Where the owner does not wish to purchase they are then made available for sale to the general public. Priority in the purchase of such huts is given to voluntary youth organisations where recommended by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Education. I should add that, up to the present, surplus huts have not become available for disposal in any great quantities.

Mr. Osborne

asked the Minister of Works if he is aware that the voluntary youth organisations are experiencing difficulty in obtaining huts and equipment which are being disposed of as war-surplus property; and if he will take steps to see these youth organisations receive their quota.

Mr. Tomlinson

As I have previously explained, priority is given by my Department to all youth organisations whose requests are recommended by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Education. The supply of surplus huts and equipment is, however, limited. If the hon. Member will give me particulars of any difficulties he has in mind I will gladly look into them.