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Motor Tyre Depot, Madeley

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Supply what action is being taken to deal with the large dump of motor tyres at Madeley, near Crewe; if he is aware that manufacturers of civil engineering equipment and agricultural machinery are paying £10 per tyre while others are held up for the tyres that form the dump; and what arrangements are there to link up dumps, stores, etc., with industrial needs.

Some of the tyres from this depot have already been sold and the remaining tyres not required by the Service and other Government Departments will be released very shortly. All surplus tyres are disposed of as they arise through normal trade channels.

Has there been a dump of good tyres at this place for some considerable time and, if so, seeing there has been a serious shortage in the country, is not something wrong with the arrangements between the need and the availability of tyres?

Yes, Sir, there are dumps of tyres and there have been for some time, but they are not the same tyres. Since these depots began, 200,000 tyres have passed through them.

Does that reply mean that there have been no dumps of tyres for any considerable time at this place, and if I supply my right hon. Friend with the document which came into my hands will he undertake to give it personal consideration?