HC Deb 01 May 1952 vol 499 cc1634-5
12. Captain Richard Pilkington

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his inquiry into the future of the Utility scheme for furniture and bedding has yet been completed.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Not yet, Sir. This matter and other matters are still under discussion with the Furniture Development Council and the industry. I should, however, point out that although the bedding utility scheme was revoked on 17th March, divans and spring mattresses which my hon. and gallant Friend may have in mind, are included in the furniture utility scheme still in operation.

Captain Pilkington

When does my right hon. Friend think he will be likely to make a further statement?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I prefer not to say at the moment. I am in consultation with the industry.

Mr. C. W. Gibson

Before the right hon. Gentleman comes to a final conclusion will he make quite sure that he consults the trade unions in the industry?

Mr. C. J. M. Alport

Whatever decision is reached as a result of his investigations, will my rght hon. Friend take care to ensure that nothing is done to undermine the standards of craftsman ship and workmanship in the industry?