HC Deb 20 July 1959 vol 609 c85W
85. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Supply what steps he is taking to continue his Department's contracts with Steels Engineering Installations, Ltd., Sunderland, in view of the redundancy arising at its Crown Works.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

The number of cranes ordered under a contract placed some years ago with Steels Engineering Products, Ltd., to which I assume the hon. Member refers, had to be reduced owing to a change in requirements. I regret that this reduction, coming at a time when apparently there was a shortage of other orders, has had an adverse effect on employment in the factory, but I had no alternative. The firm will, of course, be considered for any other cranes which may be required.