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Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1957.
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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many Government flax mills are still operating; and his intentions regarding their continuation.
Four Government flax mills are still operating, but are expected to close in the present financial year. A fifth at Howden, Yorkshire, will close on 15th May.
Will not the Minister reconsider his decision to close the factories in view of the appalling loss which
the Government suffered on the sale of the equipment at Howden? Would it not be far better to keep the mills going?
I think that the hon. Member is wrong. When the decision to close them was taken, the loss to the Exchequer on them was running at £500,000 a year.
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