HC Deb 13 October 1942 vol 383 c1490
57. Mr. Molson (for Major Profumo)

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of domestic cooking utensils in some parts of the country and the apparent surplus in other parts; and whether he will consider taking some steps to satisfy the demand, in the places where there is a shortage?

Mr. Dalton

There is a general shortage of domestic cooking utensils, as of many other articles, but steps have been taken to increase the production of the more essential articles. If my hon. and gallant Friend knows of any area in which there is a surplus, I should be much obliged if he would let me have particulars.

Mr. Isaacs

Will my right hon. Friend encourage the manufacture of haybox apparatus about which, I believe, a communication has been sent to him?

Mr. Dalton

Yes, Sir, we will look into that, but my hon. Friend will no doubt like to know that we are increasing the production both of kettles and saucepans very substantially.

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

I do not know whether my right hon. Friend regards a teapot as a cooking utensil, but teapots in London are very conspicuous by their absence and are difficult to obtain in the suburbs.

Mr. Dalton

We are doing our best to increase the supply.