HC Deb 15 August 1916 vol 85 c1635
35. Mr. BOYTON

asked the Minister of Munitions whether certain contracts were entered into with many firms of London engineers after May, 1915, for the manufacture of shells and other munitions, and that on the strength of representations made to them they put aside ordinary work, laid down special or adapted plant, and entered into contracts, but that owing to the failure of the Government to supply raw material, drawings, specifications, gauges, etc., such contracts could not be completed by the specified time; whether under these circumstances he will permit the contractors to complete the original orders, provided he is satisfied that there has been no unreasonable delay on their part; and if repeat orders will be given?


Cases have occurred of the kind described in the first part of the question. Every such case has been carefully considered in conjunction with the contractor, and an agreed extension of time has been allowed. When the circumstances justified it, repeat orders have been offered or the contractors have been invited to tender for other articles.


Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake to make inquiries about similar cases that have occurred within the last twelve months of people being prevented from carrying out contracts and who were refused permission to complete the original orders?


I am afraid that will entail inquiries. Perhaps the hon. Member will give me details.