Furniture (Price Control Order).

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

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Photo of Mr George Ridley Mr George Ridley , Clay Cross

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to make a further statement about the control of furniture prices?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Yes, Sir. I signed an Order yesterday fixing furniture manufacturers' maximum net profits and distributors' margins for new and secondhand furniture. The Order also imposes a strict control on hire purchase transactions in furniture. I am advised that the effect of the Order will be to reduce substantially the present high level of furniture prices. I hope before long to follow up this Order by further Orders fixing the prices of utility furniture as this comes into production.

Photo of Mr George Ridley Mr George Ridley , Clay Cross

Would my right hon. Friend be willing, after the Adjournment, to answer a Question stating the effect of the Order to which he has just referred?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I shall be very glad to do so. By that time I shall be able to assess the effect on prices.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is no use merely controlling prices unless he inspects the quality of the stuff used for making furniture?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Perhaps my hon. Friend has not read in the Press that I have appointed a committee to go into that subject and advise me with regard to it.