§ Mr. Mason
Whilst appreciating that we are wasting our time in questioning the Minister of Supply at all on these problems, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman is not aware that with the contraction of the aircraft industry many aircraft firms are put in an invidious predicament? Is he aware that they are interested in these replacements, are waiting for orders and are specially holding on to skilled labour? This kind of thing 13 cannot go on for ever. What does the Minister intend to do to alleviate the situation?
§ Sir A. V. Harvey
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the specification issued by his own Department to the aircraft industry went out over eighteen months ago? What is the reason for this continued delay when the matter is desperate for so many people who are working in the factories?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Are not the Minister's answers an implied condemnation of the Government? Is not the right hon. Gentleman in some difficulty, and could we not help to extricate him from that difficulty by suggesting that some day, when the Secretary of State for Air is sitting where the right hon. Gentleman is now sitting, the right hon. Gentleman should come over to us and interrogate him?