§ 53. Sir Douglas Thomson
asked the Minister of Pensions whether the new contract for the supply of surgical boots to disabled ex-service men, replacing the contract recently held by an Aberdeen firm, calls for hoots hand-made throughout as have been hitherto supplied?
§ The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Ramsbotham)
The new contract follows the form in use over the whole Kingdom with the single exception of North Ireland. It provides for "bespoke hand-sewn" boots throughout except that the soles may be machine stitched and the heels attached mechanically.
§ 54. Sir D. Thomson
asked the Minister of Pensions how many orders for surgical boots for disabled ex-service men were completed in Scotland in 1936; and in how many cases were these orders to repeat as previously supplied?
§ Mr. Ramsbotham
1,702 pairs of surgical boots were supplied in the whole of Scotland during the year 1936. I have no record of the precise number of these which were renewals on existing specifications, but the great majority would be of this description.