§ 25. Mr. Tim Eggar
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how the proposed change in the status of the Royal ordnance factories is likely to affect the terms and conditions of employment at the Royal small arms factory, Enfield.
§ Mr. Pattie
The transition of the Royal ordnance factories to a Companies Act company will mean that staff in the organisation will cease to be civil servants. It is too soon to predict the effect on terms and conditions of employment. These will be negotiated with the trade unions and as a first step a consultative document has been issued. A copy has been placed in the Library of the House.