§ Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Works whether the heavy machinery used for making runways, etc., on airfields, such as bulldozers, trench diggers, and so forth, which have not been sent to the Continent, and are no longer needed in Great Britain, have yet been loaned to local authorities to enable them to prepare their roads, etc., for new housing developments; and what proportion of this machinery is lying idle due to absence of spare parts or minor breakages.
§ Mr. Sandys
Local authorities are carrying out this work through contractors using their own plant. I regret that the figure asked for in the second part of the Question is not available.