HC Deb 06 April 1976 vol 909 cc112-3W
Mr. Higgins

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the original cost to his Department of radio transmitting equipment subsequently sold or to be sold to contractors as surplus to Government requirements; how much remains to be sold; why tenders are only accepted on the condition that contractors who purchase such equipment crush it before removal; and what he estimates the value of the uncrushed equipment would have been in export markets.

Mr. Alexander W. Lyon

Transmitting equipment which has come to the end of its useful life is crushed to remove any possibility that it might be used to interfere with police and fire service communications. Many different types of equipment are involved, and it would take a disproportionate amount of time to establish its original cost and to estimate its potential re-sale value.