§ Mr. Thornton-Kemsley
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that spare parts, such as mantles and vapourisers, for Tilley lamps, have for months been unobtainable in the north-east of Scotland; and what steps he is taking to make supplies available immediately, having regard to the fact that a large proportion of farms and private houses in rural districts are entirely dependent upon lamps for their lighting.
§ Sir S. Cripps
Steps have already been taken to arrange for an increase in the production of mantles for Tilley lamps and I am also looking into the possibility of obtaining supplies from abroad. I understand that north-east Scotland is getting a more than proportionate share of the supplies available. Output of vapourisers has recently increased and retailers should now find less difficulty in getting their orders executed.