HC Deb 18 February 1942 vol 377 c1792
45. Sir Granville Gibson

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that an order has been placed with South African factories for 1,000,000 pairs of Army boots for the Imperial Forces; and why these boots are not being made in British factories?

The Minister of Supply (Sir Andrew Duncan)

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to orders allocated to South Africa by the Eastern Group Supply Council to meet the requirements of Forces operating or stationed in the Eastern Group. It is the considered policy of the Government that such requirements should be supplied so far as possible from countries within the Group, so as to reduce the strain on our shipping resources.