Ordnance Factories (Management).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Mr George Daggar Mr George Daggar , Abertillery

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether any decision has been taken to hand over to private enterprise those factories now owned and run by the State?

Mr. J. J. Davidson:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether a decision has been taken with reference to the transfer of State factories, works and organisations to private companies; if so, what was the nature of the decision, and when was it taken?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

I would refer the hon. Members to the reply which I gave yesterday to Questions on this subject. The decision was taken early this month.

Photo of Mr George Daggar Mr George Daggar , Abertillery

Are we to accept the reply as being evidence that there is no intention on the part of the Government to transfer these nationally-owned industries to private interests?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

There is no such intention. As I explained in the reply to which I referred, the intention is to ask certain firms to help us to launch some of these new factories, but when they are in running order, they will revert to the normal Royal Ordnance factory system.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

How many factories have been so handed over?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

I would rather not give details about the number of ordnance factories.