§ 74. Mr. TOM SMITH
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether his attention has been drawn to the closing of Messrs. Cammell, Laird and Co.'s works at Penistone; and whether he proposes to take any action with regard to the matter?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Mr. Lansbury)
I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend has made inquiries, and understands that the closing of these works is part of the policy of concentration of production being undertaken by the English Steel Corporation. It is hoped that, as a result of this policy, employment in the other works of the Corporation will be more regular and production more economic, and it is possible that some of the men displaced at Penistone may have opportunities of employment in the other works. Every assistance will be given by the Employment Exchanges to men displaced to find employment elsewhere.
§ Mr. LANSBURY
I have not been able to consult my right hon. Friend, but I am quite sure that he will make arrangements to receive a deputation?