HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 cc161-2W
Flight-Lieutenant Haire

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will cease issuing licences for the importation into this country of utility standard furniture, and will use the shipping space thus released for the importation of timber so that full-time employment in the furniture industry can be restored.

Sir S. Cripps

Shipping space is not now a limiting factor in the import of timber. It is not my intention to grant licences for the import of furniture if timber supplies would thereby be reduced.