HC Deb 08 November 1944 vol 404 c1352
43. Mr. Higgs

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works how many standard factories are being erected for post-war production in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; how many are being erected in the mining districts; and from what Vote is he obtaining the necessary funds for this work.

Mr. Hicks

The programme comprises 18 standard factories of which 14 are to be erected in mining districts. They are intended in the first instance for war-time use and will be available later for postwar use. The expenditure is being borne on the Vote of Credit.

Mr. Higgs

Should not greater consideration be shown to owners of blitzed factories; and why are the new factories being erected in mining areas, from which for unknown reasons we cannot get sufficient coal?

Mr. Hicks

The decision to erect the factories is a Government decision.