asked the Secretary of State for Air how many Government shadow factories are in course of erection in Lancashire and how many people are being employed in their erection; and how many people it is computed will be employed when the factories are in production?
§ Sir K. Wood
No shadow factories are at the present time in course of erection in Lancashire, though work on the extension of the shadow factory at Speke will be commenced shortly. The second part of the question does not therefore arise. As regards the last part it would not be in the public interest to state the actual numbers which are likely to be employed when the production stage is reached, but I would add that the extension to the factory at Speke is expected to increase the present capacity by more than 40 per cent.