Board of Trade Regional Offices

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th January 1945.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East 12:00 am, 16th January 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will particularise the functions of the newly-established regional offices of his Department; who are the head officers of each region, their salaries and the qualifications they, respectively, possess which selected them for these positions; and what will be the staff and estimated cost of the office controlling the region covering the city of Leicester.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Since the reply contains much detail, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

to the trade and the Press emphasising that buying permits are not now issued or required but that such alarm clocks may be sold to or purchased by workers requiring them who are able to declare verbally that they do not already possess an alarm clock in working order.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Permits are no longer required for these clocks. But retailers may reserve supplies for customers who declare that they need an alarm clock for their work and that they do not already possess one in working order. I hope that the publicity given to this reply will remove any misunderstanding on this subject.

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

Will my right hon. Friend say whether it is necessary for workers to obtain a note from their employers before they can obtain an alarm clock?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

No, Sir, it is not necessary at all. This is a case where the worker's word is taken.