Dentures (Manufacture)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th March 1945.

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Photo of Sir Walter Liddall Sir Walter Liddall , Lincoln 12:00 am, 15th March 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, as rubber is no longer available for the manufacture of dentures, acrylic resins are now used for this purpose; that firms who are not members of the Association of Dental Manufacturers and Traders cannot obtain supplies of this material, owing to an agreement between the Association and Imperial Chemical Industries, under which supplies are restricted to members of the Association; and if he will take steps to bring to an end this arrangement in restraint of trade.

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The rules of the Association of Dental Manufacturers and Traders, of which Imperial Chemical Industries, Limited, are members, provide that members may supply dealers who are nonmembers with acrylic resins, but only at the full retail price. Such an arrangement is not illegal.