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Hendon Paper Works Company, Sunder-Land (Contract)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 30 June 1943

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asked the Minister of Supply upon which terms of the contract between himself and the Hendon Paper Works Company, Limited, of Sunderland, he is advised that there is no call upon him to reimburse the company the cost of unloading straw stored on his behalf and subsequently removed upon his instructions after damage by fire?

I am advised that there is no term of the contract which entitles the company to reimbursement in the case in question, nor any liability on the Ministry of Supply outside the contract to make reimbursement.

Does the Minister support the contention of the Paper Control that the straw removed had ceased to be paper-making material within the terms of the contract?

That is another question. The Question which was asked to-day is whether we, the Ministry of Supply, accept any liability in this case. According to the best legal advice we have, under the terms of the contract we have no liability whatever.

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.