§ 4. Mr. Slater
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many firms are operating on the Aycliffe Trading Estate, County Durham; how many are working short time; and how many have been switched to armament production.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
At present 66 firms are operating on the Aycliffe Estate, 11 of which are using premises there for storage only. I am informed that one small firm is on short time. Six firms are directly engaged on defence work, and I understand that others are carrying out sub-contract work for the defence programme, but full information is not available on this point.