HC Deb 19 November 1940 vol 365 cc1849-50W
Sir W. Jenkins

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the Cardonnel Tinplate Works, Skewen, have been idle for over three months, and no suggestion of a restart; that there is a large number of skilled men in this area unemployed; and why essential works are allowed to stay idle with skilled workers waiting to meet the needs of the country?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

Supplies of steel are not sufficient to keep all tinplate works running to full capacity, and I am afraid that the works at Cardonnel could only be reopened at the expense of employment elsewhere.

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