asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the best method of production to bring the maxi- mum results is the three-shift system, based upon 24 hours continuous working; what steps are being taken to organise three shifts; and why there are not three shifts employed now on the most urgently required equipment?
I agree with the general purpose of my hon. Friend's Question, but I am advised that a three-shift system of continuous working is not always practicable or conducive to maximum production. Where desirable and where the necessary numbers of skilled and other workers are available, three shifts are now being worked on the production of urgently required equipment. I can assure my hon. Friend that the question of obtaining maximum production is one that I have constantly under consideration in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service.