§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
asked the Under Secretary of State to the Air Ministry how many men are now employed at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough; and whether any decision has been arrived at as to the future of such factory?
Mr. J. F. HOPE
I have been asked to answer this question. The present strength of the personnel at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, is 2,339, of whom 237 are trade lads, and 356 are women. Reductions in the staff are continuing, and it is anticipated that the strength will eventually be reduced to about 1,200. It is proposed that the factory shall be used in future as an experimental and research establishment for the investigation of aerodynamical and aero-engine problems.