HC Deb 28 January 1947 vol 432 cc153-4W
91. Mr. D. Marshall

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the supply of willows for fishing gear is required by the fishermen of Cornwall this month in order to prepare for the season; and, if he will now make a statement with regard to the controlled prices for willow rods and sticks in order to make these supplies immediately available.

Mr. Belcher

The controlled prices of willow rods and sticks have been under review, and an amending Order will be published within the next few days. I hope that this will facilitate the early supply of willows to Cornish fishermen as well as to other users.

96. Mr. Bowden

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the shortage of widows for basket-making is threatening the employment of blind basket makers; and if he will explore the possibilities of increasing the supplies of home-grown willows or increase the quantity imported.

97. Mr. Janner

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, owing to the shortage of willows, employment of blind basket makers In Leicester and other places is threatened; and if he will make the necessary steps to increase the amount of willows available for blind people, either by increasing the quantity of home-grown willows or by obtaining the necessary authority for an increase in the quantity of willows imported from abroad.

Mr. Belcher

An amending price Order will be issued in the next few days which should, I hope improve the flow of home grown willows to basket makers and other users. We are already giving every facility for the importation of willows from abroad, but they are by no means in free supply.

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