HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 cc324-5W
89. Sir W. Wakefield

asked the Secretary of State for War how many blankets, used and unused, are in stock; and, in view of the big reduction in personnel which has recently taken place and the surplus stocks resulting therefrom, what steps have been, or are being, taken to dispose of this surplus.

Mr. Bellenger

The present Army stocks of serviceable or repairable single brown blankets in this country amount to about 3½ million. At the request of the Board of Trade three million single brown blankets have been released by the Army, and I understand that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply already has the disposal arrangements in hand. Commands overseas have authority to declare surplus blankets locally.