§ Sir E. Brocklebank
asked the Minister of Aircraft Production how many firms have been given orders by his Department during the war; and how many have been taken over on account of inefficiency.
§ Mr. E. Brown
My Department has given direct contracts to about 6,500 firms and has taken over the assets or shares of three firms for the reason stated in the Question. In seven other cases authorised controllers have been appointed under the Defence Regulations, but all these appointments have since been terminated.