Armaments (Canadian Contracts).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any accountancy or costing supervision is being exercised by His Majesty's Treasury over contracts placed in Canada for the provision of armaments or munitions destined for the armed forces of Great Britain?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

The responsibility for ensuring that the terms of contracts are reasonable rests on the Departments which have placed the contracts. I understand that the Departments have taken the usual precautions in the contracts to which the hon. Member refers.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Would the right hon. Gentleman elaborate what the usual precautions are? Are they those which apply to British manufacturers supplying somewhat similar articles?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

I have made inquiries of the Departments concerned, and the answer I have given is based upon their information. I am not myself able to say, in answer to a supplementary question, what the exact details are.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

May I take it from that answer that the answer is in the negative?