Household Goods

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th October 1945.

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Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea 12:00 am, 29th October 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether heis aware of the present shortage of household textile goods, and whether he will be able to make arrangements in the near future for a reasonable supply of such articles for the home market.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

Yes, Sir. I am well aware of the shortage. The fundamental difficulty is shortage of labour in the spinning sections, but measures are being taken to attract workers to these industries. I am supplementing new production wherever possible by utilising suitable surplus Government material for this purpose.

Photo of Mrs Lucy Middleton Mrs Lucy Middleton , Plymouth, Sutton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to prevent the delays, sometimes running into several months, between the issue of dockets for furniture and household linen and the supply of the goods in question; and whether, when goods are in short supply, he will undertake to see that families with young children, and expectant mothers, are given priority.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

In reply to the first part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Southend-on-Sea (Mr. Channon) on 15th October. Priority is already given in certain special circumstances to families with young children and expectant mothers who need additional bedding, and this is the most that can be done to help at present.

Photo of Mrs Lucy Middleton Mrs Lucy Middleton , Plymouth, Sutton

May I bring to my right hon. and learned Friend's notice certain cases in my own constituency where such priority has not been recognised?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

Certainly we will look into them, if my hon. Friend will do that.