HC Deb 30 July 1946 vol 426 cc162-3W
Mr. Teeling

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the minimum time for the making of children's boots is two months; that children with deformed feet of one year of age or thereabouts will have outgrown surgical boots taking two months to make; and what action he is taking, especially in the case of Mr. Kingston's child, Wick Villa, York Avenue, Hove, of which he has been informed.

Sir S. Cripps

I am aware of the delays in making surgical boots, mainly due to a severe shortage of skilled labour. In an effort to remedy this we have, as I have previously informed the House, arranged with the Ministry of Labour to set up centres to train disabled ex-Servicemen and others in this work. I regret I have no trace of the particular case mentioned in the last part of the Question, but if the hon. Member will be good enough to send me a copy of his communication, I will look into the matter.