§ Mr. Austin
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will issue a report on the progress made in the 14W switchover to peacetime employment, of the factories contained in the Trafford Park area.
§ Sir S. Cripps
Of the six Government factories in the Trafford Park area, four have now been allocated for peace time production, namely:
- (1)The Ford factory at Eccles which will be available to Platt Bros., at the end of March.
- (2)The Ford (Site X) factory which is being adapted to meet the requirements of Massey Harris& Co.
- (3)The Ford factory in First Avenue which has been taken over by the Rubber Regenerating Co.
- (4)The Metropolitan Vickers factory in Mosley Road, which will continue to be occupied by that firm who are turning over rapidly to peacetime production of heavy electrical plant.
The Ford (Site Y) factory has not yet been allocated, while a sixth factory in Barton Dock Road is still engaged on Government work and is not, therefore, available for disposal. I am advised that the conversion of the many privately owned factories on the Estate is proceeding satisfactorily.