HC Deb 19 June 1950 vol 476 cc72-3W
121. Mr. Erroll

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will indicate the extent of the delay caused to the construction of the new refinery at Fawley by the non-availability of suitable labour without withdrawing men from local reconstruction schemes; and what efforts were made to bring civil engineering workers into the district temporarily.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

While the likelihood of the availability of labour had to be examined carefully before work on the Fawley project could be authorised, I am glad to say that the company tell me that since construction started, there has been no holdup on account of labour, either because of the number of workers available or because of the quality of their work. The company is, in fact, very pleased with the progress that has been made, and as I have already said, construction is ahead of schedule. Top priority for labour has been given to the scheme, and workers have been recruited from other parts of the country, as well as locally,