HC Deb 17 June 1948 vol 452 c630
17. Mrs. Leah Manning

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent cardboard is used in the manufacture of utility furniture.

Mr. H. Wilson

Not at all I am glad to have this opportunity of denying a statement, which has been given considerable publicity, that my Department permitted the use of cardboard in the manufacture of utility furniture. I can only assume that the series of misstatements were based on a mis-hearing or misprint for "hardboard," which is quite a different matter.

Mrs. Manning

In view of the importance of this statement will my right hon. Friend see that it receives as much publicity as did the previous statement, because many people who bought such furniture are very anxious? They think it may fall to pieces at any moment.

Mr. Wilson

I have every hope that, for once, the "Daily Express" will give as much newsprint to denying the statement they made as they gave to making it in the first place.

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