Sir E. MANVILLE
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government are entitled, under the profit-sharing provision in the agreement with the Slough Trading Company, to share in the sale by that company of the British Government's surplus mechanical transport in Ireland, declared surplus about the end of the year 1921 or the beginning of the year 1922 what number of vehicles were declared surplus; whether any sales of those vehicles have been made by the company; and, if so, what is the Government's share in the receipts?
§ Major BOYD-CARPENTER
I would refer my hon. Friend to the answers given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Hulme on the 7th March and304W to my Noble and gallant Friend the Member for South Battersea (Viscount Curzon) on the 13th March.
Sir E. MANVILLE
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the sum which became payable to the Government on the sale last autumn by the Disposal and Liquidation Commission to the Surplus Lorries Disposal Company, Limited, of 462 war surplus Thorny-croft motor lorries; whether the whole sum has been paid and, if not, what is the balance owing; and what were the expenses of the Commission or the Disposal Board in connection with the disposal of these lorries?
§ Major BOYD - CARPENTER
With regard to the first part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to my Noble and gallant Friend the Member for South Battersea (Viscount Curzon) on Tuesday last. The Disposal and Liquidation Commission received payment in the form of bankers' drafts and bank guaranteed post-dated cheques, which have now been converted into cash with the exception of one cheque, representing less than one-third of the purchase price, which does not mature until August next. Apart from a small sum for the travelling and subsistence allowances of an official sent to Cologne to hand over the vehicles, the Disposal Board did not incur any special expenses in connection with this sale.