HC Deb 23 February 1948 vol 447 cc298-9W
95 and 96. Mr. Mikardo

asked the Minister of Supply (1) the approximate value of the buildings and plant owned by the Government on the premises of Miles Aircraft, Limited; and what steps he is taking to deal with the idleness of a large part of this valuable manufacturing capacity;

(2) which Government Departments have had discussions with the present management of Miles Aircraft, Limited, about the maintenance of employment in that firm; and what were the purport and results of these discussions.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

About 500,000 was spent by my Department on buildings and works services and 250,000 on plant. Discussions have taken place between the Ministry of Supply and the present management, who are preparing a scheme which, if accepted, will, I hope, ensure the employment of most, if not the whole of, the capacity. My Department has been in touch with the Ministry of Labour about alternative employment for any redundant workers.

Mr. Mikardo

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that labour and manufacturing capacity are being thrown idle at Miles Aircraft Limited; and what steps he is taking to deal with this situation.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

I have been asked to reply. I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I have given today to his other Questions on this subject.