HC Deb 16 December 1947 vol 445 c1499
52. Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the success achieved during the war in the United States by hoisting the Navy flag over factories exceeding their production targets, he will consider some similar method in this country where management and workers exceed their target in order that they may receive the appreciation they deserve.

Sir S. Cripps

The award of pennants, or other marks of recognition, to factories depends upon the existence of agreed production targets for each works. Such targets can be set where all the output goes to a single Government purchaser, but in present conditions in the United Kingdom with factories supplying large numbers of private buyers, the fixing of realistic and practicable targets is a very difficult matter. This question is under consideration, and in the meantime steps are taken in speeches, Press conferences and in the Government fortnightly "Three Minute Report to the Nation," to give public recognition to industries or firms which achieve notable results.