40. Mr. TYSON WILSON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary whether he has received any protests regarding the proposal to close down the national machine-gun factory at Burton-on Trent; and whether it will be possible to reconsider this matter, with a view to utilising the factory in the national interests?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
Yes, Sir, certain protests have been received. It is intended that the factory shall be used in the national interests—mainly, as a store for machine guns—and a certain amount of labour will be employed in the work as storage and maintenance. The factory will also be retained as a reserve unit for the manufacture of machine guns.