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Armaments And Warlike Stores

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 22 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Supply the value of armament orders now out from his Department, guns, tanks, machine guns, rifles, instruments, etc.; the percentage of orders allocated to private contractors; and the number of industrial workers engaged on armament manufacture by private contractors, the War Office, his Department and the Admiralty, respectively.

All the information concerning production of armaments and warlike stores that can be made public is contained in the Estimates of the Service Departments and the Ministry of Supply. In the Statement relating to Defence, presented to Parliament by the Minister of Defence in February, 1947 (Cmd. 7042), the number of industrial workers engaged on production for the Services during the current year was estimated to be approximately 450,000. It would be undesirable to publish any breakdown of this figure