§ 49. Mr. Sexton
asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence the value of orders in the rearmament scheme placed in South-West Durham Special Area for the years 1936 and 1937, respectively?
50. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence the value of the orders placed in county Durham by the Defence Department in 1935, 1936, and up to the most recent date in 1937?
§ The Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence (Sir Thomas Inskip)
I regret that it is not possible without an undue amount of labour to ascertain the value of orders placed under the rearmament scheme in any county or any Special Area.
§ Mr. Sexton
Is it a fact that the Special Area of South-West Durham is so far beyond the pale that we can get no information about it?
§ Sir T. Inskip
No, Sir. The difficulty is, as I have stated in the House, that it would require a detailed examination of every contract with a view to seeing where the contracts have been performed, and that would require an undue amount of labour, which I hope the hon. Member will not press me to undertake.
§ Mr. Dalton
Would it surprise the right hon. Gentleman if I were to tell him that the answer to Question No. 49 is, "Nothing whatever"?
§ Mr. H. G. Williams
May I ask to what extent contracts are placed in the constituencies of those who always vote against the Estimates?