Locomotive Construction, Woolwich and Elswick.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 28th November 1922.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he can give any details as to the financial results of the attempt to build locomotives in the State-owned works at Woolwich; and whether he has any comparative data as to the simultaneous attempt to build locomotives under private enterprise at the Elswick works?

Photo of Mr Francis Jackson Mr Francis Jackson , Howdenshire

Fifty locomotives have been completed at Woolwich at an average cost of £15,600; work on a further fifty has been suspended at a stage about 30 per cent, short of completion. The locomotives have been handed over to the Disposal and Liquidation Commission, but so far as I am aware none have yet been sold, and I am therefore not yet in a position to indicate the loss on the transaction. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.

Photo of Mr James Remnant Mr James Remnant , Holborn

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the great railway companies of the country have been approached with a view to taking over these locomotives?

Photo of Mr Francis Jackson Mr Francis Jackson , Howdenshire

I believe everybody has been approached.

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

We have already had numerous supplementaries, and there are many questions on the Order Paper.