Plain Crockery.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the high price of plain crockery; and when more plain crockery will be available in the home market?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

The prices of plain crockery are being investigated by the Central Price Regulation Committee and my right hon. Friend hopes to receive recommendations from them shortly. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which was given on 24th February to a similar Question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Deptford (Mr. W. H. Green) of which I am sending him a copy.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

As there are difficulties about labour and the supply of clay, will the Minister consider the advisability of cutting down the more elaborate varieties?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

That has been done. We are cutting down very drastically the amount of better quality crockery in order to allow the available labour to be used for the plain work.