HC Deb 21 November 1966 vol 736 cc218-9W
63. Mr. Tomney

asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been drawn to the impending closure of the E.N.V. engineering factory at Willesden, arising out of a dispute between management and shop stewards; and if he will institute an inquiry.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

We are aware of the problems which led to the company's decision to close the factory. The Ministry has stressed the desirability of avoiding closure if at all possible, but the final decision rests with the company. We do not think an inquiry would be useful.

67. Mr. Bidwell

asked the Minister of Labour if he is satisfied that the bulk of the male and female workers will obtain satisfactory comparable employment upon E.N.V. Company, Willesden, gear-cutting specialists, closing down; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

Yes. We are satisfied that they will obtain suitable employment though not necessarily with the same opportunities for high earnings. The first 24 placed by our Employment Exchanges have all gone into jobs in their own trade.