HC Deb 19 November 1945 vol 416 c175W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of the prewar capacity of the furniture trade is absorbed by the present designation of utility furniture.

Sir S. Cripps

About half the number of furniture firms who, according to the 1935 Census of Production employed 11 or more workers, are now designated to make utility furniture, and it is estimated that at present they employ on this work about 25 per cent. of the prewar labour force.

Major Cooper-Key

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will increase the buying permits for utility furniture allowed to newly-married couples as the present allotment is inadequate to furnish a home.

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir. It is not yet possible to do this.

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