§ 74. Captain GWYNN
asked the Minister of Munitions whether the shell factory established in Galway has turned out work which in point of cheapness and efficiency compares favourably with that of any other centre; whether he is aware that there is water-power sufficient available to drive, and floor-space to accommodate, many more machines than have been supplied to this factory, and that there is abundance of good labour to be had locally; and whether, seeing that under these conditions an increase in the installation of machinery must lower the cost of production per shell, he will explain why, in face of these facts, the Ministry of Munitions decline to enlarge the plant in this factory?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of MUNITIONS (Sir Worthington Evans)
Owing to the short time that the Galway National Shell Factory has been running cost returns are not yet complete. I am aware that there is sufficient floor-space to accommodate additional machines, and sufficient water-power to drive them. Certain machines for balancing the existing plant are being supplied, as well as certain machines for tool-room purposes, but in view of the resources available elsewhere for producing shell and in view of the demand for machine tools for other purposes, I am not at the present moment able to agree to the installation of additional machines beyond those I have mentioned
§ Mr. CLANCY
If the facts are as stated in the question, will the hon. Gentleman say what was the object of the Government doing what they have done in this matter if there is to be no further development?