§ 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 192W 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Other Government Departments saw the catalogues offering surplus paint and could ask for any lots to be withdrawn from sale.