§ Mr. Janner
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what is the present approximate number of typewriters in the possession of his Department; how many are required; and how many are to be released as surplus during the current year.
§ Mr. de Freitas
About 38,000 typewriters are on charge to the Air Ministry. This total covers all Royal Air Force stations at home and overseas. Since V.E. Day some 6,000 typewriters have been returned to His Majesty's Stationery Office. About 2,000 more will probably be declared surplus by the end of the year, in addition to any local disposals overseas. I would, however, remind my hon. Friend of the reply given to his Question by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 14th May, which stated that many of the typewriters on charge to the Fighting Services may ultimately have to be written off as casualties.