HC Deb 10 February 1932 vol 261 cc840-1
68. Mr. TURTON

asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantities of beef and mutton were imported into this country from the British Empire and foreign countries, respectively, in each of the years 1913, 1930, and 1931?


As the answer involves a number of figures I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

amount of money which it is estimated will be saved during the current financial year through the canceling of construction work on the new large flying boat?


asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the total expenditure which has been incurred under the contract with the Supermarine Aviation Works, Limited, for supplying a flying boat, the contract for which has now been cancelled; and what has been the cost of liquidating the contract on cancellation?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Sir Philip Sassoon)

I regret that I am not in a position to supply the information asked for. The amount of expenditure actually incurred by the firm concerned under this contract is still under investigation and the negotiations regarding the terms of settlement have therefore not yet been finally concluded. I may, however, say that something like 75 per cent. of the very large sum which would have had to be expended if construction of this flying boat had been carried through to completion should be saved by cancellation, though it will mainly operate to the relief of future Estimates.


Will the money saved on this flying boat be expended on other types of aircraft?


The money will be expended on work that is considered to be more urgently necessary.

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