§ 76. Mr. Bossom
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the present shortage of paints, he is satisfied 150W that the best possible use is being made of existing Government stocks.
§ 77. Mr. Bossom
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the approximate total stock of paints and distempers belonging to the Government at the cessation of hostilities; what steps have been taken to dispose of these stocks; and how much remains at the present time.
§ Mr. Belcher
No information is available as to the stocks of paints and distempers held by Government Departments at home and abroad at the end of hostilities. Since that date 3,909,000 gallons have been declared surplus to requirements and I understand from my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Supply, that 3,656,000 gallons have been disposed of, leaving 253,000 gallons to be dealt with.