§ 32. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Supply whether he will make a statement concerning the future use of the Royal Ordnance Factory, Llanishen, Cardiff; and, in particular, what representations he has received from the Cardiff City Council.
§ Mr. W. J. Taylor
The part of the factory which is not being retained in operation as a Royal Ordnance Factory has been advertised and my right hon. Friend has received a number of inquiries. The Cardiff City Council has represented that the factory should be disposed of to one major industrial concern, and not piecemeal.
§ Mr. Thomas
Will the Parliamentary Secretary give an assurance that this excellent factory space will not be disposed of without consultation with the local authority, which wants a substantial industrial concern that can absorb the skilled labour now unemployed in the city?
§ Mr. Taylor
I do not know whether I can go as far as the hon. Gentleman asks me to do, but I can say that I am very much in agreement with the terms of a letter which the Cardiff City Council sent to my right hon. Friend. I shall use every effort to dispose of this factory with a view to achieving exactly what the hon Gentleman appears to have in mind.