HC Deb 10 February 1943 vol 386 cc1317-8
56. Mr. Arthur Hollins

asked the Minister of Supply whether he will consider the release of fine-faced sponges, which the importers have in stock but which are being held for Service use; and whether he is aware that these sponges are essential in the clay processes of the manufacture of pottery and are at present difficult to obtain, and that the growing scarcity of this quality of sponge hampers the supply of crockery urgently required for His Majesty's Forces, hospitals, and the community?

Sir A. Duncan

I am informed that the pottery industry requires fine-faced sponges of a lower grade than those reserved for the Services. Considerable quantities of suitable sponges have recently been supplied to the industry, but, in view of the shortage, the British Pottery Research Association have been asked to examine the possibility of utilising substitutes.

Mr. Hollins

Do not the pottery workers need the finest sponges? Why does the Minister say that they require a lower grade of sponges?

Sir A. Duncan

We are in touch with the British Pottery Research Association on this subject.