My right hon. Friend is aware that the firm at present holding the contract for the supply of surgical boots in the area mentioned has, in accordance with what is understood to be customary in the trade, subcontracted for part of the work. The work is being satisfactorily performed and my right hon. Friend is not aware of any reason that would justify him in adopting the suggestion in the last part of the question. When the present contract has expired tenders will, in accordance with the usual practice of the Ministry, be invited from all firms capable of supplying what is required.