HC Deb 26 February 1918 vol 103 cc1254-5
47. Major NEWMAN

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Stationery Office has recently placed large contracts for printing with a firm of printers called the Anima Printing Company, which was formerly known as J. Weiner and Company; whether the director and manager of this company is a naturalised Austrian; and whether he will instruct the Controller of the Stationery Office to cease placing contracts with firms controlled by persons of enemy origin whilst there are firms owned and controlled by persons of purely British birth able and willing to do the work?

Mr. BALDWIN (Joint Financial Secretary to the Treasury)

I am informed that the Stationery Office has no official knowledge of the Anima Printing Company, but that the firm of J. Weiner, Limited, has been in the name of J. Weiner, Limited, on the books of the Department for several years. Mr. Weiner, I understand, was born in Vienna, and came to London in 1837, being naturalised in 1906. After full inquiry, my right hon. Friend is satisfied that the public service would lose by the action suggested in the last part of the question.