HC Deb 24 July 1940 vol 363 cc805-6
49. Mr. E. Smith

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the best method of production to bring the maxi- mum results is the three-shift system, based upon 24 hours continuous working; what steps are being taken to organise three shifts; and why there are not three shifts employed now on the most urgently required equipment?

Mr. H. Morrison

I agree with the general purpose of my hon. Friend's Question, but I am advised that a three-shift system of continuous working is not always practicable or conducive to maximum production. Where desirable and where the necessary numbers of skilled and other workers are available, three shifts are now being worked on the production of urgently required equipment. I can assure my hon. Friend that the question of obtaining maximum production is one that I have constantly under consideration in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service.

Mr. Smith

Will the Minister give his assurance that where it is practicable he will use his influence to facilitate the transfer of highly skilled men to the factories engaged on urgently needed work so that the men can make the contribution which is desired?

Mr. Morrison

That is one of the tasks being actively pursued by the Ministry of Labour.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister not aware that one of the best means of getting the maximum production from any factory is to give the maximum of power to the shop stewards?