HC Deb 11 April 1918 vol 104 cc1672-3W

asked the Minister of Munitions if he is aware that priority certificates for the purchase of saw-mill machinery have been granted to creamery owners or a creamery owners' association in Ireland through the medium of the Irish Department of Agriculture; if he is aware that when these certificates were granted there was ample machinery in, Ireland for the manufacture of all available suitable timber in the country; and whether he has sanctioned the policy of manufacturing machinery for box-making when plenty of machinery for that purpose already exists?


The information supplied in my hon. Friend's question is insufficient to enable me to trace the transaction referred to. If he will supply me with further details I will have inquiries made.


asked the Minister of Munitions whether he is aware that the Middlesbrough Town Council have been in correspondence with his Department for several months in an attempt to secure a permit for the supply of sanitary pans; whether he is aware that there are many complaints regarding defective sanitary pans in the town; and whether he will expedite the issue of the necessary permit?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, and as a result of the representations made by the Midlesbrough Town Council a special permit for a limited quantity of material has been granted to relieve the immediate local necessities. Future applications should be made through the recognised trade channel.