HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 cc262-3W
123. Mr. Rees-Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of bulldozers and other equipment, usable in the preparation of building sites, held surplus by his Department in airfield construction units in this country; and whether he will release such equipment, on sale or loan, for building purposes.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

I can assure my hon. Friend that we are holding no surpluses of bulldozers or similar equipment suitable for building. In the last 18 months we have handed over to the Ministry of Supply over 1,000 items of equipment of this sort; I understand that a small proportion of these are awaiting collection or sale. A further 60 items are at present on loan to other Departments for essential work. The equipment we still hold is less than enough for our own needs.