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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Employment in Potez Aerospace.

Thursday, 13 October 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 No. 9

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Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware that 12 employees of Potez Aerospace have been let go, leaving only 41 people now employed in this industry; and, if so, what action he proposes to take to provide alternative employment for those people.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I am advised that on 7th October, 1966, a week's notice was given to ten employees of Potez Aerospace, Ltd., and that the company are doing everything possible to find alternative employment for the employees concerned. Employment has already been secured for some of them.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne Where?

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton When I put down the figure 12, I had got 12 names from the employees. Is the Minister aware of the anxiety and concern not only of the 12 people who have been let go but also of the 41 who remain, about their future? Is this the beginning of the end or can the Minister give us any assurance at this point that it is not the beginning of the end?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I am aware of the natural anxiety on the part of the remainder of the staff. I cannot give any assurance or make any statement other than that which I made in the House last week.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton How long will the Minister continue without making a statement?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I cannot fix a definite date, but it will not be too long.

Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave Zoom on Liam Cosgrave Is the Minister yet in a position to amplify the undertaking his predecessor gave that a departmental investigation would be undertaken into the affairs of Potez and, when that investigation had concluded, [1323] he would make a report to the House? Does that still stand?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley It still stands.

Mr. Cluskey: Information on Frank Cluskey Zoom on Frank Cluskey Might I ask the Minister if he can give any indication when that report will be made to the House?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I cannot say when, but I do not think it will be too long.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne Does the Minister remember what amount of public money is involved?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I gave that information last week.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne Can the Minister remember it? Over £1 million, is it not?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley It could be.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne It was reported in the papers as over £1 million.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley And £3 million from Potez.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton Can the Minister say how much of that money Potez have actually put into the building of the factory? How much of their money have they there in fixed assets?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I have not had this question down to me today and I am going only on recollection.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton Probably the Minister knows more than he is pretending.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley He does not, but I know the bulk of the money is in fixed assets.

Mr. Mullen: Information on Michael Mullen Zoom on Michael Mullen Would the Minister state whether the employment has been found within Potez and, if not, in what capacity is the alternative employment? Is it in the same type of work or are the workers being asked to change their occupation?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I do not know where the employment was found. I assume it was not in Potez; I assume it was outside. To the best of my knowledge, it is in the same kind of work as that on which they were engaged in Potez.

[1324]Mr. Mullen: Information on Michael Mullen Zoom on Michael Mullen Is it within the country?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley Yes.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne Is it a fact this was hawked around Europe?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley It is not a fact.


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