§ 42. Mr. JOHN DAVISON
asked the Minister of Munitions whether, arising out of the taking over of the engine and shell works of the Ailsa Craig Motor Company, Limited, now known as the Ailsa Craig National Projectile Factory, he will state by what means the factory was acquired, and what arrangements have been made with the company and its staff to obtain their assent to the retention of the factory by the Government; and whether any, and, if so, how many of the company's skilled staff are still employed at the factory, and what arrangements he is making to enable the company to reemploy its old staff?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of MUNITIONS (Mr. James Hope)
The premises known as the Ailsa Craig National Projectile Factory consist of two parts, the old factory and the new factory. The old factory was taken possession of under the Defence of the Realm Regulations, and will probably be returned to its original owners. None of the company's skilled staff are now employed there, and I am not aware what arrangements the company are making to reemploy their old staff. The new factory was built at Ministry expense upon land of which possession was taken for that purpose under the Defence of the Realm Regulations. Three of the company's skilled staff are now employed there.