asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he is aware of the discontent in a certain aircraft factory, where men who are being paid £5 a week and doing nothing to earn it, want to get released so that they can engage in real war work; and whether this factory is paid on the cost-plus basis?
The factory to which it is assumed my hon. Friend refers is just beginning production of a new type of equipment. Every endeavour is made to find alternative work for men whose normal work is interrupted by the teething troubles which are inevitable in the early stages of production. I am aware that there has been an element of discontent in this factory, and steps have been taken, including measures to strengthen the management, by the appointment of a new Joint Works Manager, and I expect that the difficulties mentioned will be effectually overcome. The Answer to the last part of the Question is in the negative.
I notice that the statement has now gone up from 15 weeks to 20 weeks. It is considerably exaggerated. This man was offered alternative employment in the factory and refused to take it.
There is such a committee in existence, and I would suggest that it should be used rather than that there should be unofficial representations in this House on subjects of this character.