HC Deb 16 December 1929 vol 233 cc937-8
1. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any figures and can state the amount expended during the previous 12 months by the Government of India on stores required for the India State railways; the percentage of these orders that went to British manufacturers and/or foreign firms; and will he give particulars?

The SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Mr. Wedgwood Benn)

Railway stores purchased through the High Com- missioner for India from 1st January, 1929, to date amount to £2,237,996, about 57 per cent. of which were from British manufacturers. Particulars are not available for purchases made by the Indian railway companies or stores of European origin bought in India.


Cannot something be done to try to influence greater purchases in this country?


I am glad to see purchasers coming to this country, but we are governed by a Resolution of the Legislative Assembly of 1921.

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