Norman Pilton worked in Transmissions at Westland and remembers that when he went to the toilet he had to be 'quick about it'
I think they used to finish five o’clock in the evening. Every day, about two minutes to five or whatever it was, everybody started getting ready to be going on. I can remember picking up my coat. I was just putting it on, putting one arm in the coat and a voice over my shoulder said “you put the other arm in there my son,” he said “and you’ll be down the road.” You had to knuckle in, there was no messing about. You did it or you were down the road. I mean like for toilets. You used to see the chap pick-up a newspaper and stick it up under his smock and off he’d go down to the toilet to study form, sort of business. But there was a chap always checking to see how long you were in there and if you were gone more than five or eight minutes there was a bang on the door and you were out of it, you know. You had no longer in there.
Interviewer: What happened if you took longer than your eight minutes?
You were reported to the chargehand or the foreman and he would decide what was going to happen to you sort of thing. You might get sent home or whatever.