HC Deb 30 June 1938 vol 337 cc2123-4
76. Mr. Kirby

asked the Secretary of State for Air with reference to the declared intention to increase the capacity of the shadow factory at Speke by some 40 per cent., whether he will make it clear whether this proposed increase relates to the present capacity of the Speke factory or to the original plans?

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Captain Harold Balfour)

The 40 per cent. increase referred to was relative to the estimated full capacity for production of Speke factory as originally planned.

Mr. Kirby

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the statement by the Minister is looked upon in Liverpool and district as intended to convey the idea that there is to be a 40 per cent. increase on the original plan, and will he stop making propaganda speeches on these lines?

Captain Balfour

I hope that my answer will clear up any misapprehension.

Mr. Pilkington

When is the enlarging of the factory to begin?

Captain Balfour

It will begin right away.