HC Deb 01 December 1942 vol 385 c997
38. Mr. Woodburn

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to say if, and when, utility wireless receiving sets are likely to be made available to the public?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Waterhouse)

Owing to the very heavy demand by the Fighting Services for radio equipment of all kinds, the production of wireless sets and components for the civil population has had to be severely curtailed. A considerable number of civilian sets are still in process of manufacture; and it is most economical to complete these before embarking on the production of a utility set.

Mr. Woodburn

Pending the time when utility sets are provided, will it be possible to facilitate the preparation and supply of repair parts, as many sets are going out of use because of the lack of valves and other parts?

Captain Waterhouse

I will go into that question, but already a considerable number of spares are available and are being put on the market.