Non-Essential Goods.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the advisability of prohibit- ing the production of any commodity which is not essential for the war effort?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

The policy of the Board of Trade has been to curtail the production of non-essential goods, and this process is being accelerated.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that if he prevented these goods from being manufactured, he would remove the only justification for the extravagant and wasteful organisation known as the War Savings organisation?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

The difficulty is to reach agreement on essentials and non-essentials.