HC Deb 10 July 1957 vol 573 c50W
90 and 91. Mr. Pentland

asked the Minister of Supply (1) what he proposes to do about placing further orders at the Birtley, County Durham, Royal Ordnance Factory; and if he will make a statement on the future prospects at this factory;

(2) how many unskilled, semi-skilled, and skilled employees at the Birtley, County Durham, Royal Ordnance Factory have been declared redundant since May, 1956; and what are the prospects for those still employed.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

Since May, 1956, 400 people have been declared redundant at the Royal Ordnance Factory, Birtley. Of these 58 were skilled and 342 non-skilled. I should add that on 19th April, 1956, 350 people were declared redundant and that they were discharged during the following May and June. My right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement about the future of the Ordnance factories in the near future.