Bicycle Tyres and Tubes

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1945.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Mervyn Wheatley Lieut-Colonel Mervyn Wheatley , Dorset Eastern 12:00 am, 17th December 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the present situation regarding inner tubes for bicycles for home use.

Photo of Brigadier Sir Otho Prior-Palmer Brigadier Sir Otho Prior-Palmer , Worthing

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that there is a shortage of tubes and outer-covers of size 26 inch by 1⅜inch for bicycles; that this shortage affects a large number of wage-earners who rely on this means of transport to convey them to their place of employment; and what steps he is taking to relieve this shortage.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I would refer the hon. and gallant Members to the statement on the production of bicycle tyres and tubes given to my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. Collins) on 11th October. The present position is substantially unchanged. Every endeavour is being made to secure additional labour for the existing tyre industry and increased production facilities are being provided as speedily as possible

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Mervyn Wheatley Lieut-Colonel Mervyn Wheatley , Dorset Eastern

Is the Minister aware that this shortage of tyres is causing great hardship to people who are forced to go to work on their bicycles, and will he do something to speed up the production of tyres?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I am quite aware of the inconvenience, which I much regret, and we are doing our best to increase production.

Photo of Mr Albert Stubbs Mr Albert Stubbs , Cambridgeshire

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that workmen are losing a great deal of time because of the shortage of tubes and tyres for their bicycles which are the only means they have of getting to work? What does he propose to do, because many of their bicycles are laid up for want of new tyres?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I am quite aware of the difficulties, and we are doing our utmost to solve them.