§ MR. JOHN DEWAR (Inverness-shire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that quantities of rolled oats of foreign manufacture are at present being supplied to the troops in South Africa, and that, when Scotch manufacturers of rolled oats asked to be allowed to offer for Scotch rolled oats, they were not permitted to tender, but were told that the Department only buys Scotch medium ground oatmeal; will he say why foreign oats are preferred by the Department to Scotch oats and will he see that in future Scotch millers are permitted to tender for Scotch rolled oats.
§ MR. BRODRICK
No foreign rolled oats have been bought by the War Department. Samples of Scotch rolled oats were obtained from several firms in June last for hospital use, but it was decided to supply Scotch oatmeal.