Artist Craftsmen.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 21st July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in applying the regulations for non-essential industries and the regulations for the character and design of furniture and pottery, special consideration will be given to the need for preserving the work of artist craftsmen, especially those working in small workshops, so as to permit of the continuance of at least a small number of key workshops known to be producing good work?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Yes, Sir, so far as this is consistent with making the best use of the limited resources of labour and materials which are now available to meet the essential needs of the civilian population.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it would involve only a very small number of master craftsmen, something like 100 in the whole country?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

In so far as the problem is as small as that, it should not be impossible to meet it.