HC Deb 22 July 1957 vol 574 c15
24. Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Supply for how long the shadow factory at Radford, Coventry, formerly leased to a subsidiary company of Messrs. Daimler has remained unoccupied; and what steps he is taking to put it to productive use.

The Minister of Supply (Mr. Aubrey Jones)

The present lease does not expire until 1st August, 1957. My Department and the Board of Trade are in touch with an industrial firm which has expressed an interest in the premises.

Mr. Edelman

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask that the matter be treated as one of urgency in view of these new dismissals at Daimler's? While I am grateful for the statement he has made, may I ask whether he will make sure that efforts are made to absorb these redundant workers?

Mr. Jones

I accept that this is a matter of urgency, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not press me further, because premature publicity might prejudice the negotiations.