§ SIR ALFRED HICKMAN (Wolverhampton, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether in view of the fact that the East Indian State Railway have lately placed an order for locomotives in Germany, and that the employment in the engineering trades is reported by the Board of Trade to be dull, and that the percentage of unemployed trade union members is more than double what it was this time last year, he can take steps to secure a portion of this or similar orders for this country.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) I am informed by the East Indian† See page 1034.1199 Railway Company (which is not correctly described as a "State Railway") that no orders for locomotives have been placed in Germany since 1902. Their latest orders were given to firms in this country.