HC Deb 16 May 1906 vol 157 cc495-6
MR. KILBRIDE (Kildare, S.)

On behalf of the hon. Member for North Kildare, I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War through what Department or branch of Department Army supplies for the camp at the Curragh of Kildare are procured and distributed; is it the custom to purchase supplies, where possible, from the farmers of districts where largo camps are situated; is there any order or regulation governing the purchase and distribution of supplies for the use of such camps; what is the custom, if any, of inspection of supplies; and what experience have those who may be appointed to carry out such inspection.

MR. BUCHANAN (Perthshire, E.)

Army supplies for rations of Provisions and Forage are obtained under contracts arranged by the General Officer commanding, and the supplies are delivered through the Army Service Corps for distribution to the troops. As large camps are ordinarily supplied under contracts it is not customary in such a case to specially purchase supplies from local farmers, but during the manœuvre season purchases from local fanners are frequently made for those places not covered by existing contracts. The answer to the third Question is in the negative. All supplies are inspected on delivery by specially trained and qualified officers of the Army Service Corps.