asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether any charge was made to the demolition contractor for the use of Army motor-lorries and personnel for the removal of the stores from a fire damaged balloon factory in South Wales; and whether the clearance of these stores was included in the demolition contract?
With regard to the first part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War. As to the second part, the answer is in the negative. The firm at whose premises the fire occurred requested help from the emergency services organisation of my Ministry in removing stores from the damaged premises to other premises close by. Transport was arranged which was paid for by the firm in question at the usual rates.