§ 32. Mr. Mathers
asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to overcome the serious shortage of baby-carriages and perambulators; and when it is expected to meet the demand?
§ Sir A. Duncan
The necessity of restricting the steel available for perambulator manufacture led to a considerable reduction in the number of these articles produced. To avert the possibility of serious shortage, arrangements have recently been made with the industry for the production of perambulators contain- 20 ing approximately half the steel contained in the peace-time article. These war-time perambulators are now coming on the market, and I shall continue to watch the situation, bearing in mind both the minimum needs of the public and the heavy calls upon the nation's resources of labour and materials.
§ Mr. Mathers
Might I ask my right hon. Friend to recognise that this is a question of general interest, and that it has no personal application? When does he expect the supply to be equal to the demand?
§ Miss Eleanor Rathbone
Will the right hon. Gentleman ask the Chancellor to introduce a system of family allowances?
§ Sir Patrick Hannon
Will my right hon. Friend take care that no material is allocated to make these articles at the expense of guns and munitions?