Mobile cinemas did vital work
SIR - It was fascinating to read of the restoration of the only surviving mobile film unit of the Ministry of Technology by the Vintage Mobile Cinema Company (26 August). These did vital work in improving the productivity of British industry. Indeed,
SIR - It was fascinating to read of the restoration of the only surviving mobile film unit of the Ministry of Technology by the Vintage Mobile Cinema Company (26 August).
These did vital work in improving the productivity of British industry. Indeed, at the 1967 First Annual Conference of the Value Engineering Association (now the Institute of Value Management) a Dr P G Forest of the Ministry of Technology said this about them: "....the Ministry of Technology has inaugurated a Production Engineering Advisory Service to help engineering firms to raise productivity through the use of up-to-date production engineering techniques, including value engineering. The service comprises seven mobile units which visit individual firms to give illustrated talks, films and practical demonstrations on all aspects of production engineering ... as well as value engineering.
"Visits by mobile units are free of charge and there is a follow-up service providing a specialist production advisor for up to 1 week, which is 50% subsidised. The service has only been operating a few months but so far three-quarters of the production assignments have been in value engineering..."
I remember seeing one of these units as an engineering student in 1967 and I saw a film they used called Value Analysis produced by the British Productivity Council in 1964. In fact only this year I was in Whitehall and suggested to the Treasury and Cabinet Office that mobile units such as we had 40 years ago could spread value for money best practice to help raise the productivity of the public sector.
Clive Bone, Chairman, Institute of Value Managment
London SW1 H 9JJ
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