HC Deb 19 October 1915 vol 74 c1616
95. Mr. PRATT

asked the Minister of Munitions whether he has any official information to the effect that on 8th May Messrs. Burns, Bassick and Company, of New York, through a London representative, made an offer to the Government of 2,000,000 shells, at seventeen dollars apiece; whether this offer was refused by the Government on 19th July; and whether, before that date, Messrs. Morgan, of New York, purchased these same shells for the Government at eighteen dollars each?


I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving me an opportunity of contradicting these allegations. No offer from Messrs. Burns, Bassick and Company has reached the Government through any London representative, and the president of the company has stated that there is not a word of truth in the statements set out in the question.