HC Deb 17 June 1912 vol 39 c1456W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the Government factory at Enfield is at present actively engaged in manufacturing bayonets for the Army; whether all orders have been withdrawn from the private trades on the ground that fewer bayonets are at present required; and whether he will take steps to ensure that the private trades get their due share even of the reduced production?


Further requirements of bayonets are very small, as the rearmament with the long bayonet is completed, and there will now be only upkeep, which is just sufficient to keep a small nucleus of men employed at Enfield. Timely warning was given to the trade of the probable cessation of orders.