HC Deb 26 April 1944 vol 399 c756
22. Sir George Schuster

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he can give any figures for the output of aircraft from Short Brothers' factories in the 12 months since the change in management compared with the preceding 12 months.

The Minister of Aircraft Production (Sir Stafford Cripps)

Yes, Sir. The output for the 12 months' period up to 3rst March last, during which the new management was in charge of the Short Bros group, showed an increase over the preceding 12 months of 69 per cent. overall in aircraft delivered, as well as a considerable volume of spares. The average number of workers employed during the last year was less than that in the preceding period.

Mr. Ellis Smith

Do these results not prove the correctness and the value of the action taken by the Minister at that time; and will he bear in mind that these results will give great satisfaction to the trade union movement, whose members have demanded that national interests and efficiency should be put before vested interests?