HC Deb 15 April 1946 vol 421 cc2356-7
81. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware of the long time elapsing before orders for spectacles can be fulfilled and of the great inconvenience caused thereby; to what extent this is due to scarcity of skilled workers; what quantity of optical glass is being exported; and what steps he is taking to enable repairs to be expedited.

Mr. Wilmot

Yes, Sir. I know what hardship these delays cause. They are due mainly to a shortage of skilled labour which we are doing our best to remedy. Exports of optical glass do not affect the supply of lenses, the output of which is now considerably greater than before the war.