Teapots

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1947.

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Photo of Mr John Morrison Mr John Morrison , Salisbury 12:00 am, 29th April 1947

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the shortage of ordinary teapots; and what steps he is taking to remedy it.

Photo of Mr John Belcher Mr John Belcher , Sowerby

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for West Lewisham (Mr. Skeffington) on 24th April.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Is the Minister aware that I myself went to 11 shops locally to try to buy a teapot, that I could not find one anywhere, and that, although I have made inquiries in my division, I cannot find a shop that has one; can he advise me where an ordinary housewife or husband can buy a teapot? I demand an answer.

Photo of Mr John Belcher Mr John Belcher , Sowerby

That is not one of the services for which I can make myself responsible, but if my hon. Friend will study the answer to which I have referred he will find that we are aware of the reasons for this shortage and are taking all the steps we can to overcome it.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

I have read it, but I cannot find a teapot.

Photo of Mr John Morrison Mr John Morrison , Salisbury

May I corroborate the statement of the hon. Gentleman below the Gangway who cannot find a teapot anywhere?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Is the Minister's idea to keep teapots short because of the shortage of tea?