§ 16. Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he can give any details as to the financial results of the attempt to build locomotives in the State-owned works at Woolwich; and whether he has any comparative data as to the simultaneous attempt to build locomotives under private enterprise at the Elswick works?
§ Lieut.-Colonel JACKSON
Fifty locomotives have been completed at Woolwich at an average cost of £15,600; work on a further fifty has been suspended at a stage about 30 per cent, short of completion. The locomotives have been handed 487 over to the Disposal and Liquidation Commission, but so far as I am aware none have yet been sold, and I am therefore not yet in a position to indicate the loss on the transaction. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.
§ Sir J. REMNANT
Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the great railway companies of the country have been approached with a view to taking over these locomotives?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
We have already had numerous supplementaries, and there are many questions on the Order Paper.