asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many Ford vehicles are in official use in his Department; what proportion of all vehicles in operation this represents: how many of these vehicles have been delivered in the past nine weeks; and how many more vehicles his Department is committed to purchase from the Ford Motor Company.
The number of Ford vehicles — including tractors — in official use in my Department is 231, represent- ing 30 per cent. of all vehicles in operation. The Ministry purchases vehicles through the Ministry of Defence and not directly from Ford. No Ford vehicles have been delivered during the past nine weeks. Fifteen are currently on order from the Ministry of Defence.