Colonel Arthur Evans:
asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he is aware that, on Saturday, 7th March, upwards of 500 personnel of an aircraft factory, with an excellent production record, near London, left their work without permission in order to attend a greyhound race meeting in the vicinity; and if he will take the necessary steps to see that such an action is not taken in the future?
Yes, Sir. I am aware that upwards of 500 workers who should have been at work on the afternoon in question absented themselves from work. I do not know whether any, or how many, of them went to a greyhound race meeting. The Works Production Committee is directing its attention to the absenteeism in general at the factory, and the National Service Officer is dealing with the particular case in question. I hope that those who absented themselves on this occasion will realise that their absence so dislocated the production line that, according to the best estimate I can make, it meant four fewer fighters that week for the joint needs of ourselves and our Russian Allies.