HC Deb 20 June 1939 vol 348 cc2001-2
40. Sir William Jenkins

asked the Secretary of State for War what number of new armament factories have been erected; what number of extensions; what number completed; and what number in course of construction since 1935 to date, giving particulars for England, Scotland and Wales, separately?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Details are not readily available for new factories and factory extensions undertaken by private firms. For Royal Ordnance Factories and other Government factories, the numbers of new factories completed during the period mentioned in the question are:

England 3
Scotland 1
Wales Nil

and the numbers under construction are:

England 5
Scotland 2
Wales 4

Extensions have been undertaken at most of the factories, but they vary so greatly in size and importance that any figures would be misleading.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir William Allen

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider giving the figures in regard to Northern Ireland?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I am not sure that the answer would be very satisfactory to the hon. and gallant Member, but I will certainly answer the question if he puts it down.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Do these figures include Government ordnance factories and the factories of private firms which have been built at the public expense?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

They include only the ordnance factories. There are a considerable number in addition erected by private firms.

Mr. Noel-Baker

With Government capital?

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