§ Mr. WRIGHT
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that an account for oats of bad quality supplied for food-production horses used by the Derbyshire War Agriculture Executive Committee was recently sent by the Northern Command to that committee at the rate of 64s. 6d. per quarter, subsequently reduced to 62s. 6d., amounting to £87 1s. 8d.; whether he is aware that it has been pointed out to the Northern Command that the price charged exceeds the price permitted by the Grain Prices Order, and that the committee has declined to pay more than the control price plus 2½ per cent. for Departmental charges; and what action he proposes to take?
§ Mr. FORSTER
As I have already informed my hon. Friend privately, the oats were sold to the committee at the price of 62s. a quarter, which represent the cost of the oats. These oats were American, and I have no reason to believe that they were of bad quality. The Grain Prices Order does not affect the price of foreign oats.