HC Deb 26 March 1958 vol 585 cc54-5W
Mr. Coldrick

asked the Minister of Supply, having regard to the large number of men engaged in aircraft production and their growing anxiety about full employment in the future, what steps he is taking to consult the leaders of the aircraft industry to co-ordinate future plans, to ensure the best use of resources, and to absorb redundant labour in other forms of production.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

I am giving aircraft companies all possible information about future defence requirements in order to assist them in planning the best use of their resources. Where companies with declining orders are compelled to reduce their labour force, my right hon. Friends the Minister of Labour and National Service and the President of the Board of Trade, in consultation with me, act together to give redundant employees the best possible opportunity of finding new work.