§ MR. CAINE (Barrow-in-Furness)
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, If he intends to carry out the recommendation of the Committee on Contracts, that the purchase of hulls and machinery, with the contracts of the Works Department, shall in future be entrusted to the Director of Contracts?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON) (Middlesex, Ealing)
The recommendation alluded to was the only one upon which the Members of the Committee were not unanimous. While this Committee were sitting, the Controller of The Navy made a number of alterations in the procedure hereafter to be observed in inviting, tabulating, and deciding upon tenders for the construction of the hulls and machinery of vessels. We propose to take action on the other parts of their valuable Report by a speedy adoption of the bulk of their proposals; but we hope that the new Regulations laid down by the Controller will accomplish the object of that part of the Report to which the Question refers.