Wood and Stone Carvers

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware of the risk of unemployment among wood and stone carvers; and whether he will issue sufficient licences to avert this.

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

I am aware that comparatively little wood and stone carving is now being carried out in this country, and I hope to see a revival of these crafts. My licensing officers are instructed to license, as far as is reasonably possible, work employing wood and stone carvers.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Is the Minister not aware that the majority of the London carvers, both of wood and of stone, are today working in the Palace of Westminster; and that when the new House of Commons is finished, although there is plenty of work for them to do, they will be thrown out of work unless he gives licences?

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

As I have said, we will do our best to see that licences are issued in order to employ them.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

Could the right hon. Gentleman say how many Italian masons have been allowed in?

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

No, Sir, not without notice.