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Secret Commissions In Naval Clothing Depot

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 August 1907

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To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty what punishment was inflicted on the contractor and four stewards who admitted a secret commission of 5 per cent. on all clothing supplied and examined in one of the naval depots; what steps have been taken to discover and punish the other officials implicated in this business; and what steps have been taken to discover and punish the other contractors and stewards who, on the statements of these four stewards and contractors, were guilty of the same practices. (Answered by Mr. Lambert.) As regards the contractors implicated, their contract was cancelled, their names struck off the Admiralty list, and particulars of their offence communicated to other buying departments of the Government. The question of taking criminal or civil proceedings against them was very carefully considered, but on the advice of the Public Prosecutor it was decided not to do so. As regards the four stewards who had already left the service, payment of their pensions was stopped for a period of twelve months. There was no evidence in this case to implicate other officials, nor was their any definite information to show that other contractors or stewards had been guilty of the same practices.