Sir R. COOPER also
asked the Minister of Munitions if the Sheel Committee of Canada is awarding contracts for machining shells at Ş2.90 each, which can be profitably machined at Ş1; and will he state the approximate price paid in this country, Canada, and the United States for machining the 3-in. shell?
§ Mr. LLOYD GEORGE
I have no particulars of the prices being paid, either in Canada or in the United States, for the 495W machining of shells, since the prices paid in the contracts made by this Department are for finished shell. The price paid in this country are also for complete shells, but it is known that the prices paid for the various operations, including machining, very largely, owing to local conditions in regard to piecework and the suitability of the plant employed on the work.