Sock firm MP to meet government minister

Published: 09th July 2010

Sock firm MP to meet government minister
The MP for Bosworth is to meet a government minister over fears that a business in Leicestershire could have lost out on a lucrative Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract because of computer system failure.

HJ Hall of Hinckley has been making socks for the British Army, Navy and Airforce for the last 80 years but lost the deal to Northern Irish company that manufacturers its socks in China.

The meeting is to take place after Bosworth MP David Tredinnick raised the plight of the 128-year-old business in the House of Commons.

He asked: "Is [the minister] aware of the anger in my constituency because the reverse bidding for the contract for the supply of socks did not work effectively?

"Does he understand that HJ Hall, which has supplied socks for three generations, lost the contract because it could not make its bids within the existing system, and will he please look into the issue?"

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