HC Deb 08 July 1915 vol 73 c523

asked the Minister of Munitions if he will take into consideration the desirability of making known to clerks to the local authorities throughout the country the requirements of his Department for articles in the making of which skilled labour and machinery are not necessary; in which case, if the clerks to the local authorities could be supplied with samples of the articles required and the prices that his Department is prepared to pay; and whether specially appointed committees could be empowered to place orders, if necessary supply material, receive the articles when finished, and, before accepting the same, determine whether they are in accordance with the specifications and samples?


I am afraid that at present there would be no great advantage in adopting the procedure which my hon. Friend suggests, as skilled labour and machinery are required for the production of practically all the kinds of munitions with which at present the Ministry of Munitions deals.