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Ordnance Factory Inspection (Inquiry Report)

Volume 523: debated on Monday 1 February 1954

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asked the Minister of Supply whether he has yet received the report of the committee appointed by himself and the First Lord of the Admiralty to inquire into the duplication of inspection in Royal ordnance factories.

:Can the Minister say whether the committee has accepted the recommendation of the Select Committee on Estimates to abolish the duplication of inspections in Royal ordnance factories?

:The committee made a number of detailed recommendations designed to secure economy in the inspection staff, and, with very minor exceptions, these recommendations have been adopted. Its report does not reveal any actual duplication: that is to say, two people doing the same work in the same factory: but it shows that economies are possible, and account is being taken of the recommendations.

I do not think that this is the kind of report that should be published, although there is nothing very secret about it. I know that the hon. Gentleman takes a great interest in this matter, and if he would like me to send him a summary of the action taken. I will gladly do so.

In view of the importance of the inspection of explosives for the Navy, will my right hon. Friend publish the report or make it available for those of us who take an interest in this matter?