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"Royal Ordnance Factory News" (Paper)

Volume 441: debated on Monday 28 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Supply why it is intended to introduce a magazine covering the royal ordnance factories; and the weight of paper which will be involved per annum in this publication, together with the weight in the datum period.

The object of the "Royal Ordnance Factory News" is to assist co-operation between workers and management and so to improve production. The circulation is at present 10,000 copies, and publication is fortnightly. Each issue involves 3 cwt. of paper.

Would the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to answer the last and most important part of my Question?

I am afraid I am not clear to what the hon. Gentleman refers when he speaks of "the datum period."

I thought it was a Government expression. What I want to ask the right hon. Gentleman is, how much of this paper was used for this purpose before the war?

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind the great need for some publication of this kind to explain the Ministry's policy to the workers in the Royal Ordnance Factories?

Yes, Sir. We have ample evidence that the house journal which has been started is doing very good work.