§ 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 I should, however, point out that although the bedding utility scheme was revoked on 17th March, divans and spring mattresses which my hon.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. 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?