HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 cc1537-8
80. Sir L. Lyle

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a number of radio sets in the country are unusable owing to inability to replace valves; and whether, as radio sets will be vital to Government action in the event of invasion, he will take steps to see that all radio sets in the country are kept up to date to the maximum extent?

Captain Waterhouse

My right hon. Friend appreciates the importance of keeping the maximum number of wireless sets in commission, subject to the overriding claims of the Services, and hopes to ensure that a sufficient supply of suit- able valves will be available. The present production of most types of British valves should shortly be sufficient to meet the home maintenance demand, and the possibility of importing any necessary balance of valves of American types is under consideration.