§ 43. Mr. HIGHAM
asked the Minister of Munitions if he is aware that every firm who begins to make munitions and has to make any gauges for the same has to keep sending men on special journeys to Woolwich to get the gauges examined and passed; and if he will arrange for examiners to be stationed at Manchester and at one or two other centres to do this work and so save waste of money and time and valuable labour?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MUNITIONS DEPARTMENT (Dr. Addison)
Hitherto one set of check gauges has been sufficient, but the recent spreading of orders over the country makes it necessary for checking to be done at other centres than Woolwich. Steps have already been taken to provide additional sets of check gauges and every endeavour is being made to hasten their supply, in obtaining which valuable assistance is 1490 being given by the National Physical Laboratory. In any case, it is not necessary for gauges to be sent to Woolwich by hand.