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Mobile Reme Workshops

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that, at the Mount Farm Depot, near Dorchester on Thames, there are hundreds of mobile R.E.M.E. workshops as well as mobile generators rapidly deteriorating from exposure to the weather; what steps he proposes to take to stop this waste of valuable and scarce equipment; and what transport is allotted for the personal use of the officer commanding the depot.

There are six mobile workshops and 31 mobile generators at this depot. They will be sold at the next auction in June, if not needed for other Government purposes. The officer in charge is allowed the use of a car to carry out his official duties.

Is not the Minister aware that the lathes and similar engineering machinery with which these lorries are equipped are rapidly deteriorating, and that, since many of them have lost their canvas tops, the generators are deteriorating too; and that the officer in command uses a large Packard, which seems to be a waste of petrol?

The Packard is an old car which they happen to have. Very large numbers of these vehicles have been sold and these will, no doubt, be sold off at the next auction. They come in and out.