HC Deb 02 July 1888 vol 328 cc74-5
MR. BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is the case that the wooden water-bottles at present issued to the Infantry are manufactured in Turin; and, if so, whether he will consider the expediency of causing this article of equipment to be constructed at home?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

These wooden water-bottles were procured from Italy because they could not be produced at anything like the same price in this country. I am told that they are made of wood grown in Italy, which is not to be found in any sufficient quantity in this country.

MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

asked, whether it would not be possible to import the raw material rather than the water-bottles in a manufactured state?


I will undertake, before any new contract is made, that the whole subject shall be inquired into.