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?
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?
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.