HC Deb 20 February 1956 vol 549 cc20-1
30. Mr. Maclay

asked the Minister of Supply if he will make a statement on the explosion which took place on Wednesday, 8th February at the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

Mr. Maudling

The explosion occurred in a washing house in the nitro-glycerine section of the factory. I much regret that one man lost his life and that six other workers were injured, fortunately not seriously. A court of inquiry is now being held. I am sure the House would wish to join me in expressing sympathy with those who were injured and with the relatives of the man who was killed.

Mr. Maclay

While thanking the Minister for his reply and joining in the expression of sympathy, may I ask him if he appreciates how much distress and anxiety has been caused by this explosion at Bishopton, not only to those working there and their relatives and friends but to all those who live nearby? May I ask whether, after the inquiry has been completed, he will publish his reply or make a further statement?

Mr. Maudling

I will certainly consider this possibility. I am anxious to get to the bottom of the accident. One of my officials who visited the factory after the accident reported that the morale of the workers was extremely high, on which they are to be congratulated.