§ MR. FIELD
To ask the Postmaster-General how many officials are employed in the London Post Office factories in connection with the making and repairing of Post Office stores; how many officials are similarly employed in Ireland in connection with the making and repairing of stores for the Irish Post Office service; whether the Government built these Post Office factories; what was the approximate outlay in constructing them; and where are they situated.
(Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) The Post Office has two factories in London, one at Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell, and one at Bovay Place, Holloway. It is not possible to state with any accuracy what the erection of these factories cost. At Holloway, part of the site was purchased with a building, since utilised, upon it; at Mount Pleasant, also, a block of buildings was on the ground when it was acquired, and, moreover, a part of the factory buildings erected by the Post Office has been devoted to other purposes. The number of men employed at the two factories is about 900. The Post Office has no other factories, either in Ireland or elsewhere.