§ 11. Mr. James Griffiths
asked the Minister of Labour, whether his attention has been called to the proposal to establish a new aircraft factory at Birmingham; and whether, in view of the fact that this factory will give employment to 15,000 workpeople and will consequently involve large-scale transference of labour from other areas since the percentage of unemployment in the Birmingham area is as low as 6.8 per cent., he will make representations for this factory to be established in Wales where the percentage of unemployment varies from 25 per cent. to 55.6 per cent.?
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air to the hon. Member for Everton (Mr. Kirby) on 1st June.
§ Mr. Griffiths
In view of the fact that the establishment of this factory will mean employment to a very large number of workpeople, will the right hon. Gentleman not consider whether it should not be established in an area where there is skilled and unskilled labour available which is at present unemployed?
§ Mr. Lawson
Will not this factory add 15,000 people to the population of this area? Why is this being done when we are considering the evacuation of whole populations?
§ Mr. Shinwell
What are the other factors to which the right hon. Gentleman referred in his answer, and if vulnerability is one, does he not appreciate that vulnerability is less obvious in other parts of the country?