HC Deb 27 November 1919 vol 121 c1950W

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to a Resolution recently passed by the Carlisle District Committee, representing the organised workers in the engineering trades in the Carlisle area, recording its denunciation of the waste in permitting valuable plant to he idle when the urgent need is for production and national economy, and urging the Government to utilise the machinery and labour in the district to the best possible advantage; and whether steps can now be taken to use any of this plant and machinery so as to find useful work for many who are unemployed?


I have been asked to answer this question. My attention has been drawn to the Resolution referred to. As my right hon. Friend will see, the plant of an explosive factory, such as Gretna, cannot readily be applied or converted to industrial purposes. Arrangements are, however, being made to repair railway wagons at Gretna, and it is hoped that these will be completed in a few weeks.