HC Deb 27 February 1947 vol 433 cc2257-8
24. Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that plain white cups and saucers are practically unobtainable in Aberdeenshire; and what steps he is taking to increase supplies in this area.

Sir S. Cripps

There is a general shortage of crockery all over the country, but, in so far as the urgent need to maintain our export trade allows, I am encouraging manufacturers to place a larger volume of supplies on the home market.

Mr. A. Edward Davies

Is the Minister aware that British firms have recently placed contracts for German pottery, and some of that pottery is coming to Britain?

Sir S. Cripps

I understand that is so, but if it can help to make up the deficiency, I am sure the consumers will be very pleased.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Is not the difficulty, referred to in the Question, one of transport from the production areas to the North-East of Scotland? Will the President of the Board of Trade consult the Minister of Transport to obviate the bottleneck?

Sir S. Cripps

I am not aware that there is any bottleneck in transport.

Dr. Barnett Stross

Is the Minister aware that if the potteries receive sufficient labour and raw material, they can not only supply our own needs, but will be able to increase our exports all over the world?

Sir S. Cripps

That is so, but unfortunately, the labour is not at present available.