Repair Contract, Manchester

Oral Answers to Questions — Aircraft Production – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14 June 1944.

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Photo of Sir Lindsay Everard Sir Lindsay Everard , Melton 12:00, 14 June 1944

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production why an aircraft contractor in the Manchester area employing upwards of 600 persons has been notified that his contract for repairs is terminated, whereas the Aviation Repairs Organisation at Oxford, who have issued this order in a letter dated 8th May, were trying to find capacity for repairing aircraft of a similar type.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

The contract was terminated as a result of a decrease in the repair requirements of the particular aircraft concerned. As regards the second part of the Question, the Repairs Organisation at Oxford have not been seeking capacity for repairing aircraft of a similar type. The incident to which the hon. Member probably refers was concerned with the rearrangement of repair work on a quite different type of aircraft, whereby work formerly done by sub-contract for a main contractor was to be done by direct contract instead.