HC Deb 03 October 1944 vol 403 c732
26. Mr. Craik Henderson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will take steps to provide for the supply of alarm clocks, having regard to the acute shortage which causes inconvenience and adversely affects good time-keeping.

Captain Waterhouse

As I have previously stated, we depend at present almost entirely on imports for our supplies of alarm clocks. During the last twelve months large quantities have been imported from the United States and Canada and have been distributed here. Further supplies are on their way.

Mr. Henderson

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that it is impossible to obtain alarm clocks in retail shops in most parts of the country?

Captain Waterhouse

I am aware that there is difficulty but there is a trickle of alarm clocks coming into the country.

Mr. Woodburn

Are arrangements being made to get alarm clocks and watches from Switzerland as soon as communications are open?

Captain Waterhouse

That matter is being kept in view.

Mr. Petherick

Will my right hon. Friend supply an alarm clock to the Secretary to the Department of Overseas Trade?