HC Deb 01 May 1950 vol 474 cc1385-6
15. Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Works whether sufficient licences are now being issued for wood and stone carving to maintain full employment of carvers and to promote the survival of these crafts

Mr. Stokes

I have no precise information as to the number of qualified carvers in wood and stone in the country. Some of them may not be employed in their own craft, but I am not aware of any unemployment. My officers are instructed to grant licences as freely as possible for this work, and I hope to see a revival of these crafts.

Mr. Keeling

Does that answer mean that it is the intention of the Minister to maintain full employment for these people and to encourage these crafts?

Mr. Stokes

Yes, most certainly.

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