HC Deb 15 December 1942 vol 385 cc1739-40
5. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consult with the pottery industry on its post-war problems and ask all the representative organisations to give consideration to the need to prepare for a large-scale expansion of the industry to cater for the world market, and let him have their reports for consideration in preparation of a pottery industry post-war plan?

Mr. Dalton

Preliminary discussions have already taken place with the representative organisations of the pottery industry on its post-war problems, and particularly those connected with the resumption of its export trade. I hope that these discussions will shortly be resumed, and meanwhile I should be very glad to receive any proposals which any of these organisations may wish to submit.

Mr. Smith

During the discussions will the President of the Board of Trade also have regard to the increasing problems of the industry arising out of the war situation?

Mr. Dalton

Yes, Sir, I have that very much in mind. I am in very close touch with the various sections of the pottery industry, and I would like to pay my tribute to the way they are doing their best to increase production, under conditions of very considerable difficulty.

Mr. Mathers

Will my right hon. Friend also keep in mind the Scottish aspect of this matter?

Mr. Dalton

Scottish aspects are never forgotten.

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