HC Deb 27 March 1956 vol 550 cc191-2W
Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for War how many gallons of paint have been declared surplus by his Department since 1st January, 1954; what action was taken to offer this to other Government Departments or public bodies before a decision was taken to dispose of it at public auctions; what were the chief reasons for the surplus; and what quantity of paint has been ordered by his Department during the same period.

Mr. Head

Since 1st January, 1954, 2,240,000 gallons of ordinary paint and 50 tons of dry paint have been ordered, and 322,000 gallons and 26½ tons have been declared surplus. The main reasons for the surplus were given by my hon. Friend in a reply to the hon. Member on 28th February.

Other Government Departments saw the catalogues offering surplus paint and could ask for any lots to be withdrawn from sale.