HC Deb 30 November 1916 vol 88 c527W

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware that a firm named Schaffer and Budenburg, whose headquarters are in Nuremberg but who have a small works at Manchester, are still on the Government list of contractors; if he will say whether the agent of the firm in question is a full-blooded German and is allowed to go in and out of the shipyards on the Clyde in pursuit of business; and if he will have an inquiry made into the latter allegation?


I am informed that the affairs of this firm have been investigated by the Board of Trade, that the shares have been vested in the Public Trustee under the Trading With the Enemy Amendment Act, 1914, and that they are still on the list of Government contractors. The second part of the question probably refers to the Glasgow manager of the firm, who is of German origin but was naturalised as a British subject nearly forty years ago.