HC Deb 22 May 1940 vol 361 cc145-6
36. Mr. Viant

(for Mr. Charleton): asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that numbers of skilled workmen employed by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company at Wolverton works are being drafted to various parts of the country because there is no work for them at Wolverton; and whether these workshops could be used to produce munitions during the present crisis?

Mr. H. Morrison

I am informed that some of the men normally employed at Wolverton have been transferred temporarily to other work in the railway company's service. As regards the production of war supplies, all practicable use is being and will be made of these and other railway shops subject to the necessity for maintaining the railways to the essential standard of efficiency.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the question of the utilisation of railway shops throughout the country for the purposes of increasing our output of munitions, bearing in mind that we are producing less now than we did in the last war?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir.

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