HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 cc591-2W
Captain Plugge

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Messrs. John Moncrieff, Limited, of the North British Glass Works, Perth, have received a letter, dated 21st February, from the Ministry of Supply informing them that the delay in the delivery by them of glass tubing is causing them serious inconvenience and holding up the manufacture of instruments urgently required to meet War Office demands; whether he is aware that this delay is caused by the inability of the firm to obtain the release from military service of certain essential scientific glassware workers; and whether, in these circumstances, he can expedite the release of the men in question, some of whom, as a result of delays in this respect hitherto, have now been sent to France?

Mr. Stanley

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. As regards the rest of the Question, I am making inquiries in collaboration with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply, and will communicate with my hon. and gallant Friend in due course.