HC Deb 22 February 1951 vol 484 c1437
18. Mr. A. Edward Davies

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made with the proposal to set up a development council in the pottery industry.

Mr. H. Wilson

At a meeting with both sides of the industry on 12th December, 1950, I suggested the general lines of a new approach to this problem. The details are now being worked out within my Department, and officials will discuss them with the industry as soon as possible.

Mr. Davies

Could my right hon. Friend say when he hopes to be able to give us a decision on this matter?

Mr. Wilson

As soon as the details are a little further worked out. It is a question of how long the discussions will take with the two sides of the industry.

Mr. McCorquodale

Will the right hon. Gentleman make quite sure that both sides of the industry are carried forward together in this matter?

Mr. Wilson

I met both sides of the industry together, and I indicated the general lines of what I thought would be a possible solution. Our intention is to discuss these arrangements with both sides.