§ 7. Mr. GALBRAITH
asked the President of the Board of Trade in what part of this country opal glass shades for lighting purposes are manufactured on a commercial scale: whether he can indicate the number of hands employed in this particular manufacture; and the average annual output of the goods in question?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
Opal glass shades have been produced in considerable quantities in the Birmingham and Stourbridge districts, but depression in the trade has 1692 caused several of the works to be shut down, and output is, for the time being, on a very small scale. It is not possible to indicate the number of hands employed on this type of product, as the character of the production in many glassworks is subject to constant change. No records are available from which the annual output of this restricted class of goods could be stated.