HC Deb 24 January 1945 vol 407 cc825-6W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he is now in a position to state what effective steps have been taken to provide the skilled mechanical help to Anns Garage, at Faringdon, Berkshire, so that ambulances, doctors' and nurses' motor-cars, and other vehicles needed for local public service, can be employed; and why a business which is under the Essential Work Order was allowed to remain for 18 months without adequate staff to the detriment of the locality.

Mr. Noel-Baker

As no mechanics are available in the district, it has been very difficult to provide skilled assistance for Anns Garage, Faringdon. One mechanic was temporarily provided at the beginning of this year, and I understand that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service has taken special action and has now directed two men to this work. The fact that a firm is scheduled under the Essential Work Order affords no guarantee that labour can be supplied, and I am afraid that the help it is proposed to give to Anns Garage may mean taking mechanics from important work elsewhere.