HC Deb 24 January 1940 vol 356 cc560-1
19. Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in all contracts placed directly or indirectly by His Majesty's Govern- ment for the supply of aircraft from Dominion or foreign countries, there is incorporated a break clause to the same effect as that which is in force in connection with similar contracts with suppliers in the United Kingdom?

Sir K. Wood

It is the normal practice of my Department to require the insertion of a suitable break clause in aircraft contracts placed overseas. In the case of contracts placed in Canada, the clause is practically identical with that in United Kingdom contracts. So far as contracts placed in United States of America are concerned, the British Purchasing Mission have standing instructions to arrange for the insertion of an effective break clause in orders not likely to be completed within six months.