§ 15. Mr. Stephen
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many factories have been built under the guidance and direction of his Department within the area of Glasgow and neighbourhood since May, 1945; the number of men and women employed in these factories; how many factories are planned to be completed; and how many men and women planned to be employed within them by January, 1948.
§ Sir S. Cripps
Up to 31st January, 1947, 27 new factories and extensions had been completed within the Glasgow district and were employing 837 men and 362 women. In addition, 88 new factories and extensions were in course of construction and plans for a further 70 had been approved. It is estimated that all these factories, when in full production, should employ about 10,900 men and 8,600 women. It is impracticable, in present circumstances, to state when all these new projects will be completed and in full production; but I hope that most of them will be completed and available for production by the end of 1948.