§ COLONEL DENNY (Kilmarnock Burghs)
To ask the Secretary of State for India if the price of locomotives recently ordered in Germany by the East India Railway Company included delivery in India, or are they delivered f.o.b. at a German port: in the latter case will he recommend that they be shipped by British liners whose rates are similar to those current in German companies trading to India.
(Answered by Secretary Lord George Hamilton.) I am afraid that I must refer the hon. Member to the East India Railway Company for the information which he desires on the subject of the locomotives ordered in Germany by that Company. With regard to the latter part of the Question, I may say that the Government Director will undoubtedly use his influence, so far as it may be compatible with a due regard for the interests of the India taxpayer, in favour of the employment of British firms.