HC Deb 24 February 1921 vol 138 c1165W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that unemployment continues amongst a number of workers at Gretna factory; and whether it is intended to provide further work in the factory so that these unemployed may be absorbed?


I am aware of the position which has arisen in the Gretna district consequent upon the cessation of cordite production in the national factory, and has necessitated the discharge of a very considerable number of workpeople. The needs of the situation are being met to some extent by the provision of alternative work, and my latest information on this point is that on the 5th February out of 654 employés in the factory 180 were engaged in this work. Pending a decision by the Government on the question of the future of this establishment, which is now under consideration, it is not thought practicable to provide further work in the Gretna factory.