HC Deb 30 May 1945 vol 411 cc232-3W
Sir F. Sanderson

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he is aware of the gravity of the situation caused by the curtailment of production by the M.A.P. in Napier's factories and its effect upon the workers; and what the post-war plan is for these factories, with a view to allaying the misgivings caused among those engaged there.

Mr. E. Brown

The curtailment of production at the Napier factories arises from a reduction in requirements consequent on the changing war situation. It is expected that production at the Acton and Liverpool factories will continue at a reduced rate until 1946, and that thereafter production will be concentrated at Liverpool, leaving the Acton factory to be employed on development of aero engines for which the firm already has substantial development contracts. I appreciate that the programme will not provide employment for all the existing employees but I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service that sufficient vacancies are likely to be available to absorb the workers released.