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Of the ten Government flax factories in operation when it was decided to discontinue the Home Flax Scheme nine have been closed and the tenth will close in March next. Of the nine factories five have been sold, one has been sold subject to completion of contract, and negotiations are proceeding for the sale of the other three.
Will the right hon. Gentleman take all possible steps to ensure that the factories are put into use again so that local people do not remain unemployed after he has closed them?