HC Deb 27 May 1946 vol 423 cc803-4
11. Mrs. Leah Manning

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is satisfied with the amount of civil work which it has been possible to allocate to the royal ordnance factories; and what percentage of redundant labour it has been possible to reabsorb into these factories.

Mr. Wilmot

The introduction of civil work to the royal ordnance factories is a continuous process which is by no means complete, but it is going well. Broadly speaking, the increase of alternative work is now absorbing the labour becoming redundant on production for the Services.

Mrs. Manning

Can my right hon. Friend say whether that is true of the whole country, particularly in the industrial North, as well as in the areas around London?

Mr. Wilmot

That is about right over the whole country.

Mr. Stanley Prescott

Could not the right hon. Gentleman answer the latter part of the hon. Lady's Question?

Mr. Wilmot

I have done so.