§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements have been made to make available to Colonial Governments ex-service, self-propelled landing craft for use as ferries, lighters, etc.; and how many have been acquired by the African Colonial Governments to date.
§ Mr. Rees-Williams
Arrangements have been made to make available to all Colonies any surplus stores that may be useful to them and purchase has been encouraged. Purchase of self-propelled landing craft would fall within these general arrangements, and to my knowledge Colonies have purchased 96 ex-service landing craft and similar vessels. Fifteen of these have been purchased by East and West African Governments through this country. Negotiations are at present proceeding for the purchase of nine more for East Africa. Further purchases may have been made locally.