§ Mr. WATERSON
asked the Parliamentarw Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions the acreage of ground covered by the Rotherwas depôt, the number of people at present employed, and the weekly wage for the same; whether they are employed for the purposes of dismantling the depot; if so, how long will such operations last; and, if not, for what purpose are they employed?
§ Sir A. WILLIAMSON
I have been asked to reply to this question. The total area of the factory and depot is 520 acres. The number of people employed, together with the weekly wages paid, are as follow:—
Staff. War Office 352 Ministry of Munitions 128
Wages. £ s. d. War Office 1,069 5 6 Ministry of Munitions 406 17 0
There is no dismantling taking place and there is no immediate intention of dismantling any portion of the factory. The War Office staff is engaged in breaking down surplus ammunition and in sorting ammunition for permanent reserves. The staff of the Ministry of Munitions is employed upon the care and custody of stores, both warlike and ordinary, which are surplus or required for War Office reserves.