HC Deb 15 July 1943 vol 391 c339
9. Lady Apsley

asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements he proposes to make to supply the labour needed by the perambulator firms whose production is to be increased?

Mr. Bevin

I understand from my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade that he does not anticipate that any appreciable increase of labour will be required.

Lady Apsley

Does my right hon. Friend appreciate how very pressing this matter is in the South and West of England, where there definitely is a great shortage? Will he bear that in mind?

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. Not only are steps being taken to deal with the supply of more labour, but I understand that my right hon. Friend is introducing more standardisation in production, which reduces the need for labour.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is there not a boom in babies, which has to be met by better perambulator facilities?

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Will the right hon. Gentleman approach the President of the Board of Trade and draw his attention to the bad distribution of perambulators? In my constituency there are no perambulators, and in London there are plenty.