HC Deb 16 November 1908 vol 196 cc841-2
MR. PIKE PEASE (Darlington)

To ask the Secretary of State for War, if he can state the total amount involved in the contracts for general stores and other manufactured articles secured by foreign firms during the last two years; and if he will classify the goods in question and state what sum has been saved to the Exchequer by making those purchases abroad instead of in this country.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.)—Manufactured Articles * ordered from abroad (including those obtained through agents in this country).

Article. Value of contracts, 1906–7. Value of contracts, 1907–8.
£ £
Acetone 22,925 72,203
Air-composer 193
Aluminium 297
Ambulance, cycle 22
Antimony, regulus 1,179 255
Antimony, sulphide 31 16
Apparatus, wireless telegraphy
Apparatus, self-registering
Apparatus, pattern-producing
Asbestos fibre 108
Billiard balls, bonzo-line 71 221
Binoculars and parts 196 312
Blocks, pulley
Blocks, chain 24
Board leather and straw 10 151
Bottles, water 52
Brandy 547
Bugles, &c.
Butter 171
Carbons, electric light 3
Carbon shot 106
Cartridge cases
Castings, steel
Chairs 1,337
Chalk, prepared 36