HC Deb 17 March 1931 vol 249 cc1862-3

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any arms or equipment for the British Army are pur- chased abroad; and, if so, whether he will state the nature of such purchases and the value thereof?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. T. Shaw)

From time to time arms and equipment of foreign manufacture are purchased for experimental purposes. The amount so spent since 1st April, 1930, is £7,000, mainly on such things as samples of automatic rifles and machine guns and various parts of vehicles.