HC Deb 12 October 1916 vol 86 cc230-1W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether a contract amounting to about £5,000 for the supply of granite for the construction in part of the Methil Docks in Scotland has been placed in Norway; whether a supply of granite of equally suitable character for this work could have been obtained from well-known granite quarries in Cornwall; whether an offer was made by well-known' granite quarry owners to furnish the required quality and quantity of granite within a period of twelve weeks from the date the contract was given, freight and labour being assured; and whether, seeing that the failure to give this contract to a British firm has denied to a considerable number of workmen ineligible for active service the opportunity of employment and earning a reasonable wage, which they are so desirous of obtaining, he proposes to take any action in the matter?


I have no knowledge of the circumstances under which this contract was placed, but I have sent a copy of my hon. Friend's question to the North British Railway Company, to whom these docks belong, for their observations, and I will let him have a copy of their reply.


asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he has any official information regarding the placing of a contract in Norway for granite to be used in the construction of the Methil docks in Scotland; whether Cornish firms had offered to carry out the work; and, if so, why was the contract given to Norway?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given this afternoon to the hon. Member for the Bodmin Division.