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October, 1941 AIRCRAF T ENGINEERING 269 done so, to get in touch at once with the head of the nearest training centre, from whom we are sure they will get willing help. There is, unfortunately, still a certain amount of suspicion and prejudice Aircraft Engineering against them surviving from the early days of their institution ; but this is now quite unjustifiable. Devote d to th e Science an d Practice of Aero The Regional Boards nautic s and to Allied and Subsidiary Another aspect of production on which an excellent Government Branche s of th e Engineerin g Industry organization has been recently built up is in connexion with the supply of machine tools and equipment generally. We are glad to Editor: Lieut.-Col. W. Lockwood Marsh, F.R.Ae.S., M.S.A.E., F.I.Ae.S. have an opportunity of publishing in this issue a letter from the Deputy Chairman of the South-Eastern Regional Board on this matter. Similar Clearing Centres are being established in all parts of Vol. XIII, No. 152 October 1941 the country—most of which are already in being and in working operation. We can, again assure works' executives from our own ex perience that this organization is doing much to smooth out the diffi culty in obtaining machines and that applications for assistance in AIDS TO PRODUCTION procuring a much-needed tool often produce results in a surprisingly short space of time compared with those obtainable by following the HER E appears in our " Workshop and Production Section" former methods of peace time. It is not always possible to get a this month a page of photographs illustrating the type of machine of the precise character, and particularly size, indented for, Twork on which women are being employed at the works of the but it is nearly always possible to get delivery within a very few Westland Aircraft Company. There is, of course, in these days weeks of a machine that will with a little adaptation do the job nothing particularly unusual in this, which is a regular feature of perfectly satisfactorily. We would also like to call attention to the all engineering factories—not the aircraft industry alone. Owing series of meetings that are being held all over the country, usually in part to political propaganda, no doubt, there is a good deal of under the chairmanship of MR. BOARDMAN, to arrange a transfer of nonsense being published on this subject, as if the employment of small tools from those who happen to have a superfluity of some types women on engineering operations was a novel, and even an astonish or sizes to those who arc in short supply. These meetings arc a stroke ing, feature of this War. This is, in fact, by no means the case, as of genius and arc proving astonishingly successful in achieving their those who remember conditions in the Four Years' War are well object. aware. Women then showed themselves perfectly capable of learning and efficiently carrying out the simpler machining opera tions, for instance, and were even employed on some much more complicated work involving considerable skill and precision. There THE PLACE OF SCIENCE is no reason whatever that we can see why women should not be, A Conference has recently been held in London " to consider the after adequate training, just as good as men in, for example, part of Science in world planning after the War." Unfortunately inspection work, however delicate in nature. for the scientists, whose conference it was, they were addressed by a succession of international politicians who, so far as the only avail able reports—in the daily Press—are concerned, stole their thunder, No Compulsory Employment with the result that, save for a few occasional paragraphs containing There is one aspect of this subject that needs, we think, some snippets from their utterances, the views of the scientists themselves ventilation. There is without doubt a very widespread belief that remain practically unknown. the Minister of Labour has powers of compulsion to remove any To quote Professor Joad, it all depends of course on what you woman or girl, who has registered, from her existing employment, mean by Science. By derivation it simply connotes " knowledge," or from her home, and place her willy-nilly in a factory or one of the and the scientist is, therefore, one who pursues knowledge. Know three women's services. Except in the case of the limited classes of ledge of what, is, again, not altogether clear, and it is open to argu women who normally register for work at a Labour Exchange, and ment that one who studies and acquires knowledge of human beings thereby under the peace-time laws render themselves liable to and nations is as much a scientist as the investigator, say, of the penalties, such as stoppage of unemployment pay, if they refuse to electron—which is perhaps the explanation of the apparent domin accept work when it is offered them, this is not so, in spite of the ance of the proceedings of the conference by the politician. The almost universally held view to the contrary. We believe the moral of which, if there is one, appears to be that in war, as in peace, Minister of Labour can, if he so desires, in the future take such wide publicity is the prerogative of the politician rather than the labora powers by issuing an Order to that effect; but he has not, in fact, yet tory worker. This is a pity, but possibly has its lesson in suggesting done so. The decision of any woman, therefore, to change her mode that perhaps the scientist—in the strict sense—may not be the best of life and enter a factory is at present purely voluntary and no one person to plan the peace, any more than he is the best person to can compel her to do so. In view of the misconception that is pre conduct a war. Surely, his business is to provide the material— valent on this point, it is well that it should be made clear. the knowledge—which the man of affairs is to use. The scientist is not, we think, to be held responsible because many of his discoveries are turned to undesirable warlike purposes. That is the fault, Government Training Centres directly, of the politician—in the absence of the statesman—and, indirectly and ultimately, of human nature. Actually, many of On the general question of Labour, we should like to call the atten the results of scientific investigation, such as the development in tion of those employers who are not yet using them to the extra recent years of numerous synthetic substances, are in themselves, ordinarily fine work being done by the Government Training wholly admirable ; it is only their application as replacements of Centres. An extremely thorough practical training in the ground other materials, in short supply, of military utility to which excep work of at any rate the rougher machining operations is being tion can be taken. given at these centres, from which good sound workmen are being produced. We can, further, testify from our own knowledge to the What we think is the best hope for the future, and the finest enlightened, understanding attitude of the heads of these establish commentary on the Nazi attitude of mind, lies in the thought that ments and their readiness, when properly approached, to co-operate was so excellently expressed by a writer in The Times Literary with, and provide for the special needs of, employers within their Supplement, apropos of the destruction by the Germans, for the areas. We strongly advise any works' managers or labour super second time, of the famous University Library of Louvain : " The intendents in the aircraft or its ancillary industries who find diffi end of learning will not be written in letters of flame by a fool with a culty in obtaining semi-skilled labour, and who have not already torch."
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 1941
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