§ MR. MURPHY (Dublin, St. Patrick's)
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, although cement for War Department works is supplied subject to conditions to comply with certain tests, it is, as a matter of fact, constantly used without the specified tests being actually carried out, the character of the manufacturer, with, perhaps, occasional tests, being considered a sufficient guarantee; whether he is aware that, with this knowledge, builders prefer buying from well-known rather than newly-established makers; and, whether, with a view to encouraging a struggling effort to establish cement manufacture in Ireland, he will direct the Engineer De- 1084 partment in Dublin to have some tests made of Irish cement in the presence of the manufacturers' agents?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, WAR DEPARTMENT (Mr. BRODRICK) (Surrey, Guildford)
(who replied) said: the facts are, no doubt, as stated in the hon. Member's Question. The War Department does not desire to fetter in any way a contractor's discretion as to where he procures his cement; and it would, therefore, be contrary to the Rule to test any cement except that which the contractor tenders for actual use.