HC Deb 04 March 1942 vol 378 c652
70. Mr. Thorne

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the high price of plain crockery; and when more plain crockery will be available in the home market?

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

The prices of plain crockery are being investigated by the Central Price Regulation Committee and my right hon. Friend hopes to receive recommendations from them shortly. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which was given on 24th February to a similar Question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Deptford (Mr. W. H. Green) of which I am sending him a copy.

Mr. Thorne

As there are difficulties about labour and the supply of clay, will the Minister consider the advisability of cutting down the more elaborate varieties?

Captain Waterhouse

That has been done. We are cutting down very drastically the amount of better quality crockery in order to allow the available labour to be used for the plain work.