HC Deb 24 October 1916 vol 86 cc993-4W

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Admiralty has, since the War, given any orders or contracts to the firm of Holzapfel, Limited; if so, to what amount; and if he is aware that 24 per cent. of the share capital of that concern is held by two naturalised persons of enemy birth, who left this country shortly after the outbreak of War and have not returned, and who, therefore, by reason of their naturalisation in this country coupled with their residence in neutral countries, are in a position to withdraw their share of the profits earned by the company and to apply such profits, if they see fit, in ways advantageous to the enemy?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, orders for compositions are given by the dockyards, naval bases, and overseers under running contracts made at the Admiralty, and the compilation of the information asked for would, I am afraid, entail very considerable labour. I hope my hon. Friend will not press for it at present. The answer to the remainder of the question is in the affirmative. The information was given to him by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade on the 18th instant.