§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it is proposed to fill up the vacant appointment of Director of the Army Clothing Factory; and, if so, whether the Secretary of State for War will confer it upon a gentleman who has commercial experience, with some knowledge of the cloth trade and is able to follow the prices in the wool market, and purchase supplies for soldiers' uniforms on the best possible terms?
§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
Are not these appointments always conferred on 1334 the private secretaries of War Ministers, irrespective of their commercial or other abilities?
MR. POWELL WILLIAMS
An officer has already been designated for the position of director of the factory, but the purchase of stores will not form a part of his duty.