§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
This canvas was bought in 1950 and 1951 to meet the needs of the re-armament programme. It is now surplus to foreseen requirements and will shortly be offered for sale by tender.
§ Mr. Mason
Can the Minister say to what extent it is inferior compared with when it was bought? Secondly, in view of the adverse publicity that this matter has received, is it not quite clear that there must have been some re-emergence of the 1956 muddle in the Ministry of Supply—with 1¼ million pairs of boots surplus to requirements, tarpaulin covers rotting, and surplus machine tools now being sold at a loss to the taxpayer?
§ Mr. Edelman
Could not some of these tarpaulins be used to cover the machine tools which are now lying in the open?