British Army (Brandy).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1931.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

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asked the Secretary of State for War what contracts for supplies of South African brandy have been placed at any time by the War Office; if such brandy was used for hospital purposes and was found to be satisfactory; and is the War Office prepared to give special consideration to Empire brandy in future contracts?

Photo of Captain William Sanders Captain William Sanders , Battersea North

Two contracts have been placed in the past for South African brandy. This was required for hospital purposes and met require- ments satisfactorily. The War Department is always prepared to give special consideration to Empire over foreign supplies.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for the answer, may I ask him, arising out of his reply, whether his Department will give every possible encouragement to the Overseas Dominions to supply brandy?

Photo of Mr James Marley Mr James Marley , St Pancras North

Before my hon. Friend replies, will he persuade—[Interruption.]