§ 69. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what tenders he received for bulk supplies in the United Kingdom during 1951–52 of motor and aviation spirit; how far these prices were competitive; what was the quantity and cost of the spirit supplied; and what action he is taking to ensure competitive tenders in future.
§ Mr. J. P. L. Thomas
The Admiralty draws its requirement for aviation spirit from the Air Ministry and I must accordingly refer the hon. Member to the reply to be made to his Question to the Under-Secretary of State for Air. As regards motor spirit, it is contrary to long-established practice to reveal contract prices paid, but the requirements during the period in question were some 10,000 tons. All tenders received for motor spirit were within the maximum controlled price less rebate for Government bulk supplies. I can assure the hon. Member that tenders will continue to be invited from as wide a field as possible.