HC Deb 22 March 1905 vol 143 c788
MR. CROOKS (Woolwich)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he will consider the practicability of allotting the orders for small arms in such a way as will enable the workmen employed at Sparkbrook and Enfield Government factories to work three-quarter time, thus preventing the necessity of discharging so many men, and keeping the machinery of the nation in use.


After the discharge of the 500 men now under notice, it has been arranged to work three-quarter time until it can be ascertained whether any further orders can be given to the small arms factories, but, short time can only be justified as a temporary measure when there is a prospect of being able to resume full work in a reasonable time.