§ SIR GILBERT PARKER (Gravesend)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for Chorley, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether the authorities are aware that the Portland cement being used for the General Post Office, Sunderland, and the General Post Office, Darlington, and supplied by an English firm, is manufactured in Belgium; and whether, in future, orders will be given for the use of the best English cement on Government works.
§ LORD BALCARRES (Lancashire, Chorley)
The cement was supplied by an English firm, and was of Belgian manufacture; it was of very good quality, meeting the tests applied to it. The Board have under consideration the expediency of prescribing that cement made in the British Isles only shall be used in future, except in special cases.