§ 33. Mr. W. THORNE
asked whether Messrs. Lyons and Company, Ltd., have a meat contract with the Admiralty to supply naval men who are stationed at the Crystal Palace?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Messrs. Lyons and Company have a contract for supplying meals (including meat) to the officers and men of the Royal Naval Division quartered at the Crystal Palace. The firm had for many years been established as the sole caterers at the Crystal Palace, and had thus accumulated extensive plant, fixtures, furniture and requisities, both for cooking and for serving meals there. When, therefore, it was decided, in September, 1914, at short notice, to quarter about 2,000 to 3,000 men of the Royal Naval Division at the Palace, Messrs. Lyons were in a much better position than any other firm to undertake the catering for them. I may add that they have carried out the catering quite satisfactorily, and I am not aware that there have been any complaints.
§ Mr. W. THORNE
Will the right hon. Gentleman read the journal entitled "Eye-Witness" of last week, and see what they say about this particular contract and others?