HC Deb 15 April 1937 vol 322 cc1183-4
75. Mr. Tinker

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he is aware of the long distances the workmen have to travel who are engaged on the air factory scheme at Chorley; whether attempts are being made to provide housing accommodation; and whether he will consider making some allowance for travelling expenses until this is done?

Sir James Blindell (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the Royal Ordnance Factory at Chorley. If so, the answer to the first

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part of the question is in the affirmative. The contractor is providing temporary wooden housing accommodation for boo men and canteens have already been erected to provide all the men with full meals. As good omnibus services exist, it is understood that a number of the men prefer to live at home. No allowances for travelling expenses are contemplated, which would in any case be a matter for the contractor and not for the Office of Works.