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Royal Ordnance Factories (Civilian Work)

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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asked the Minister of Supply how far the Royal ordnance factories are still manufacturing articles for sale for civilian use.

Civil work at the Royal ordnance factories is now at an annual rate of about £2 million.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether steps have been taken to reduce it?

It has gradually been reduced during the last two years, but we still desire to do a certain amount of civil work to keep going and active certain Royal ordnance factories for which we have no orders at the moment.

Should there be any slackness at Royal ordnance factories in view of the necessity of rearmament?

There are certain Royal ordnance factories which have not sufficient armament orders at the moment to keep them going fully. It may be that orders will come later.