§ Mr. J. Lewis
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of perambulators manufactured in 1939 as compared with those which were produced in 1946; 69W and whether, in view of the shortage, he will be prepared to increase the number now being imported, until such time as domestic production is capable of satisfying the demand.
§ Sir S. Cripps
I regret that the 1939 figures are not available but in 1938 about 572,000 perambulators and folders were produced in this country as compared with about 563,000 in 1946. Output has, I am glad to say, risen steeply in recent months, and I hope that before very long it will be sufficient to satisfy demand. In these circumstances, I am not prepared to increase importations.