§ 89. Mr. Dodds
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the concern arising from the sale of British tanks as scrap to Belgian interests, which have since been sold to a Middle East country as potential weapons of war at a large profit; and why, when there is a shortage of steel in this country, they were not retained for our own use.
§ Mr. Swingler
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many applications for licences to export armaments he has received from Effra Limited, Chesterton, Newcastle, Staffordshire; how many have been granted; for what quantities of arms; and for export to what countries.79W
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
It would not be proper to make public information furnished to my Department by particular firms about their business when they apply for export licences. This has been done exceptionally in the recent White Paper on the Export of Surplus War Material as regards four applications for licences, but this is not a precedent.