HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc697-8
2. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Labour if he has considered the many resolutions on redundancy sent to him, including one from workers employed at Scottish Aviation, Limited, Greenock factory, sent to him by the honourable Member for West Fife; and if he has any statement to make.

Mr. Bevin

I have considered the resolutions to which the hon. Member refers, including the one which he has sent me. The absorption into alternative employment of workers released on redundancy from war work is part of the problem of change-over from war to civilian production which was debated yesterday.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister aware that the workers in a big West of Scotland factory, faced with redundancy, make the statement that, when the Russians have a victory, they fire 300 guns, but, when the British have a victory, they fire 300 workers; and will he take steps to deal with that situation?

8. Mr. Kirby

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make a statement as to the future use of factories operated in the North-west by Messrs. Rootes, saying how the Government propose to absorb the labour which will become redundant when the factories discontinue their present type of production.

Mr. Bevin

My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade is examining alternative proposals for the use of this factory with a view to the employment on civilian production of workers no longer required for war or other essential work. Apart from any new production which may be placed at this factory, at present no general difficulty is being experienced in submitting for alternative employment workers released from this factory.

Mr. Kirby

While I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, will he appreciate that this is a matter of great importance to those concerned?