HC Deb 12 July 1938 vol 338 cc1089-90
14. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in placing the order with a Canadian company for the production of 5,000 Bren guns, he is satisfied that these guns are being obtained as cheaply as possible?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The order for Bren guns to be made in Canada was placed in association with the Canadian Government for the production of requirements for both Governments, and to provide an alternative source of supply. Having regard to this, the price finally agreed upon is satisfactory.

Mr. Bellenger

May I ask the prices of these Canadian Bren guns compared with the English prices? Are they higher, lower, or the same?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

They are higher.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

When does the right hon. Gentleman expect delivery?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I must ask for notice of that question.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

Has any date been fixed for the delivery of the guns?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Yes, but I cannot say offhand. A date has been fixed.

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