HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 cc76-7W
108. Mr. King

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that, whilst supplies of timber are being made available for the mass production of furniture, the rural craftsman is unable to obtain any supplies for work other than repairs; and whether he will amend these regulations in the interests of craftsmanship.

Mr. Belcher

We have designated a number of small firms in rural areas to make utility furniture and we are willing to consider applications from others able and willing to make it. In exceptional cases where individual craftsmen are doing work of high quality, we are sometimes able to arrange for them to get small supplies of timber to enable them to carry on.