§ 37. Mr. Storey
asked the Secretary of State for Air the reason why large quantities of Royal Air Force clothing and equipment were sold by the Ministry of Supply on 10th October at Handforth, Cheshire.
§ Mr. A. Henderson
This equipment was sold because it was of no further Service use. Ninety per cent. was unserviceable, for example, out of date electrically heated clothing with defective wiring, and blankets that were not worth cleaning. The rest was equipment of obsolete patterns. All the items were carefully inspected before sale by senior equipment officers of the Royal Air Force and a representative of the Air Ministry.