HC Deb 21 January 1937 vol 319 cc337-8
41. Mr. E. Smith

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will take steps to see that all firms who secure Government contracts will, in future, purchase machines which have been manufactured in Britain or in other countries approved by the Treasury?

Lieut.-Colonel Colville

No, Sir. I would remind the hon. Member that any firm importing machinery is required to pay the appropriate rate of duty, unless it can be established that similar machinery is not for the time being procurable in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Smith

Is the right hon. and gallant Member aware of the setting up of a company known as Compensation Company? Are the Government aware of the objects of this company and do they approve of the policy being pursued by the company?

Lieut.-Colonel Colville

That apparently raises a separate matter.