144. Mr. H. D. Hughes
asked the Minister of Supply what quantities of copper, brass, zinc, lead, tinplate, timber, motor tyres and clothing have been disposed of from military stores in the Middle East; and if he is satisfied with the prices received and methods of disposal.
§ Mr. Woodburn
Full information regarding sales of these materials is being obtained, and I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as it is received.
§ Mr. Assheton
asked the Minister of Supply the policy of his Department as regards the notification of foreign buyers of surplus Government stocks; and whether he is satisfied that every precaution is taken to ensure that there is no interference with normal trading.
§ Mr. Wilmot
Representatives of Dominion, Colonial and foreign Governments are informed of surplus Government stocks to assist in quick disposal. Where United Kingdom trades or export organisations are interested in the purchase of our surpluses for export we willingly refer to them inquiries of a commercial nature from overseas buyers, so that sale may be made through normal trade channels.