HC Deb 20 February 1907 vol 169 c818
MR. HUNT (Shropshire, Ludlow)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether in the next contract for tinned meat for the British Army he will give the Colonies the first chance of supplying it, as there have been no complaints in respect to their methods of manufacture or packing, such as has been the case with foreign meat in the past.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Tenders are invited and have been from time to time accepted from Colonial firms for tinned meat. In anticipation of an increased demand and our desire to widen the area of supply, we have despatched a special officer to Australia and New Zealand to examine the packing establishments of these Colonies, and report as to their methods of manufacture and their capacity for giving us a larger supply than they do at present.