§ MR. HUNT (Shropshire, Ludlow)
To ask the Secretary of State for War why, in view of the fact that most of the tinned meat for the Navy is bought from Australia and New Zealand, it is found necessary to buy most of the tinned meat for the Army from the United States of America.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The contracts for the supply of tinned moat for the Army are placed after competition without regard to the country of origin. But in order to extend, if possible, the area of supply, an officer has been sent out by the War Office to Australia, New Zealand, and South America, to report as to the capacity of establishments in these countries entering into the field of competition to supply our needs.