HC Deb 23 January 1902 vol 101 cc658-9
MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether his attention has been called to the fact that the South African Supply and Cold Storage Company realised a profit of £1,066,000 sterling, mainly out of the contracts to supply meat to the British Army in South Africa; whether any competition was invited for this contract; whether he is aware that, as in some cases this company supplied frozen instead of fresh meat as contracted for, a refund of several thousands of pounds sterling was agreed upon; can he state whether this refund has been made, and whether precautions have been taken to insure †See page 457. the payment of a reasonable price and delivery of quality according to contract.


The reply to all these Questions is in the affirmative.