HC Deb 03 November 1947 vol 443 cc161-2W
103. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Supply what estimates he can give of the quantities and types of war surplus stores awaiting disposal; and how long it will take to dispose of these goods.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

The types of surplus stores awaiting disposal cover almost the whole range of Service requirements. The stocks held by my Department in this country would on average take about three or four months to clear, but as fresh declarations are still being made by the Service Departments, it is impossible to estimate the time it will take to complete the work of disposal until such declarations are completed. Stocks of individual items naturally vary from week to week