HC Deb 23 March 1905 vol 143 c951

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any communications have been received from Colonial authorities as to the defective weights in the jam supplied for the troops in South Africa; it so, will he state the nature of these communications.


I beg also to ask the Secretary of Statefor the Colonies whether the contracts for the supply of jam in South Africa, placed by the Agents General with the Colonial authorities, stipulated for net or nominal weights; with what Colonial authorities were these orders placed; the date of these orders; and whether they were placed at the suggestion of the Colonial Office.


I am unable to give the hon. Member any information as to the contracts for the supply of jam, as the Colonial Office has had nothing to do with these contracts, and has not engaged in any correspondence in regard to them.