HC Deb 20 May 1942 vol 380 cc234-5
56. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Supply whether he can make a full statement on the difficulties that have arisen about the two factory blocks on a certain trading estate; why were certain contracts placed with a firm not equipped for their production; whether he is aware that there is ample capacity where these goods are being produced at present; that it would save transport if the contracts had been given out on a planned basis within a certain production area; what representations have been made by the workpeople of the motor-car company; and what is the explanation of the policy?

Sir A. Duncan

As regards the production of the type of warlike stores to which I understand the hon. Member refers, there were certain production difficulties which have since been largely overcome. Like a great many firms engaged on work of this nature, the firm were not fully equipped for immediate production and they were helped by my Ministry. The contracts for this store were placed with various firms on a planned basis, under the policy of dispersal. The firm had ample floor space for making this store, but additional accommodation has had to be provided for certain other work which the firm is doing. Representations have been received from the employees of the firm; these have been investigated and active steps taken to improve the position.