Furniture.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 30th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Leslie Mr John Leslie , Sedgefield

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the advisability of compelling manufacturers of furniture to give an invoice to retailers stating correctly the nature and quality of material in each article and retailers to ticket every article with a correct description of the material used in its manufacture; and also provide customers with an invoice on the same lines?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I hope very shortly to make an announcement regarding the production of utility furniture at controlled prices, which, I trust, will meet the point my hon. Friend has in mind.

Photo of Mr John Leslie Mr John Leslie , Sedgefield

Does not my right hon. Friend think it desirable to consider the steps suggested in my Question in order to protect persons against the rubbish now being put into furniture?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I think that the proposals which I hope shortly to make will more effectively do what my hon. Friend has in mind. His proposal would lead to considerable administrative complications. I think I shall be able to avoid this while enabling the public to get a supply of good furniture of sound construction.

Photo of Reverend George Woods Reverend George Woods , Finsbury

How soon is this Order to be made, because this ramp is causing widespread dissatisfaction at the present time, especially among those who have been victims of enemy action?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I am very conscious of that. It will be very shortly, but I cannot say when.

Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

Will it affect in any way the price of second-hand furniture?