HC Deb 01 June 1938 vol 336 cc2056-7W
Mr. Kirby

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, before Lord Nuffield, or any other person on behalf of the Air Ministry, negotiates with the Birmingham Corporation for the acquisition of a site for the erection of a new aircraft factory, he will take into consideration the fact that the city of Birmingham and the area surrounding it is relatively prosperous with only a low percentage of unemployment, whereas the city of Liverpool has suffered from heavy unemployment for many years and has first-class facilities to offer aircraft manufacturers in the way of sites, transport, and other services, together with a plentiful supply of labour of all classes and the advantage of a modern airport?

Sir K. Wood

In selecting a site at Birmingham for the erection of the new aircraft factory, due consideration was given to all material factors, in particular the length of time required before production could commence.