Base Workshops, Woolwich (Closure)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East 12:00 am, 18th December 1957

asked the Secretary of State for War why he is closing down 37 Base Workshops, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Woolwich; and where he is transferring the work previously done by this unit.

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

The closure is due to a general reduction in repair work as the reorganisation of the Army proceeds. The work remaining will be distributed among other base workshops.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East

What action is the Secretary of State taking, in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour, to assist those displaced to get alternative work?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

The normal redundancy procedure will operate, and we shall, of course, do everything that we can to help the staff concerned.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester and Chatham

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in common with other Service Ministries, his Department is making these cuts piecemeal? Can he say whether he has been given an instruction by the Minister of Defence not to show the full extent of the economies being made by showing them in one statement at the proper time?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

No, I do not accept what the right hon. Gentleman has just said. It is inevitable for these establishments to run down as the size of the Service runs down. We are trying to give people proper and adequate notice, and shall continue to do so, and shall certainly do all we can to place the staffs concerned.