Compulsorily Closed Factories

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons on 11th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the President of the Board of Trade what form it is proposed that the assistance will take which businesses, now compulsorily closed, will be entitled to in order to start again after the war?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

The precise forms of assistance must clearly depend on the circumstances prevailing at the end of the war, but the Government have no intention of departing from their statement of policy laid down in Command Paper 6258 on the Concentration of Production.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

May the industries compulsorily closed rely on being allowed to open again under satisfactory circumstances after the war?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

The words in the White Paper are: The closed factories should be kept ready to start again as soon as possible after the war. The Departments concerned will then take all measures open to them to assist their speedy re-opening.