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Admiralty Contracts

Volume 65: debated on Thursday 30 July 1914

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that in the recent Japanese naval contracts trials the four firms of Vickers and Com- pany, Messrs. Yarrows, Weirs and Company, and Arrol and Company, were alleged to have given bribes to obtain contracts, and the Court acted on the evidence to that effect; and whether, before any Admiralty contracts are given to any of these firms, the allegations against them will be considered in the light of a full report of the recent trial in Tokio?

The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative. I have nothing to add to the replies already given to the hon. Member by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.