HC Deb 21 July 1942 vol 381 cc1393-4
27. Mr. Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in applying the regulations for non-essential industries and the regulations for the character and design of furniture and pottery, special consideration will be given to the need for preserving the work of artist craftsmen, especially those working in small workshops, so as to permit of the continuance of at least a small number of key workshops known to be producing good work?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Dalton)

Yes, Sir, so far as this is consistent with making the best use of the limited resources of labour and materials which are now available to meet the essential needs of the civilian population.

Mr. Harvey

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it would involve only a very small number of master craftsmen, something like 100 in the whole country?

Mr. Dalton

In so far as the problem is as small as that, it should not be impossible to meet it.

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