HC Deb 24 November 1958 vol 596 cc11-2
23. Mr. C. Hughes

asked the Minister of Supply if he will state the nature of the work carried on by the Fairey Aviation Company Limited as his agents at Royal Air Force, Valley, Anglesey; and how many civilians are employed on this work.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

The Fairey Aviation Company's work at Valley has been in support of the R.A.F.'s trials and training programme with the "Fireflash" guided missile. They employ 38 civilians, of whom 34 were locally recruited.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister in a position to say whether or not these civilians and also the civilians employed by the Air Ministry are shortly to be made redundant, making a total of 85 civilians? In view of the already grave employment situation in Anglesey, would the Minister be able to inform us that he will do everything to ensure that civilians will continue in employment?

Mr. Jones

Acceptance trials of the weapon are shortly to be terminated. My work in connection with the acceptance trials is, therefore, also to be terminated and the agency is to be dissolved. In those circumstances, I have no longer any requirement for this kind of work.