Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of an acute shortage in the supply of children's summer playthings such as buckets and spades; whether he will afford reasonable facilities for the manufacture of these children's playthings provided they are made from surplus waste materials not essential to the war effort?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

The manufacture of metal toys, including children's buckets and spades, has been prohibited in order to free the labour, material and capacity involved for the manufacture of munitions. Some toys are still being made from materials which are not in such short supply.

Photo of Mr John Mack Mr John Mack , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Would it not be to the national advantage that the only spades permitted to be manufactured should be those for agricultural purposes and grave diggers?