HC Deb 13 July 1959 vol 609 cc1-2
1. Mr. Blackburn

asked the Minister of Supply what was the original cost of the equipment at the Dukinfield Carriage and Wagon Works owned by his Department; when the equipment was last used; and what is the estimated value today.

The Minister of Supply (Mr. Aubrey Jones)

My Department owns no property at the Dukinfield Carriage and Wagon Works. The premises, including the canteen and equipment, were returned to the London and North Eastern Railway Company in 1946, when the factory ceased to be used for ammunition production.

Mr. Blackburn

Do I understand that the equipment was given to the railway company?

Mr. Jones

This matter goes back a very long way. My understanding is that the factory was resold to the railway company, the price taking into account the improvements effected and the equipment installed whilst the factory was in Government ownership.