§ 41. Mr. Bence
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will make a statement on the practice of officials in the Royal Naval Aircraft Workshops. Almondbank, in using the services of employees at the workshops for the construction of a number of articles, for private use, a list of which has been sent to him.
§ The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. Wingfield Digby)
I do not accept that there is or has been any such practice. As the hon. Member is fully aware, allegations of such a practice have already been the subject of exhaustive inquiries, and they have not been substantiated.
§ Colonel Gomme-Duncan
Is my hon. Friend aware that this place is in my constituency and well known to me, and that had there been a serious complaint I am quite sure it would have come to me?
§ Mr. Hobson
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it was admitted at the inquiry that work had been done and that the difference of opinion was only as to the size of the work done?
§ Mr. Pannell
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that inquiries into this matter have been proceeding for the last two years and that at the inquiry in another place the full case was not denied, but was merely 2053 difficult to prove owing to the passage of time? Can we have an assurance from the hon. Gentleman that there will be no victimisation against those people in the factory who gave evidence on these malpractices.