§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Baker)
This firm has two comparatively small contracts for Army clothing. It has an excellent, though small, clothing factory, with an adequate number of power-driven machines. I am informed that the premises bear the inscription stated in the question.
§ Mr. BAKER
All tenderers for Service dress clothing contracts are now required to give an undertaking that the work will be carried out on their own premises. I am not aware of any cases of the kind to which my hon. Friend refers. The position of Messrs. Glan-field and Son is explained in my answer to the next question.
§ Mr. BAKER
In September last a contract to provide uniforms of an emergency pattern was made with Messrs. G. Glanfield and Son, who have long been important contractors for Army clothing. The intention was that they should create and organise new sources of supply from firms with which the War Office was not then in a position to deal directly. Subsequently, in order to avoid confusion in correspondence and simplify the task of organisation, a new firm, Robert Glanfield and Company, was formed for the purposes of this arrangement, but the constituent partners of both firms are the same. The order in question covered the supply of 1,000,000 suits of uniform and 1,000,000 greatcoats.