HC Deb 04 December 1951 vol 494 cc217-8W
76. Mr. Edward Davies

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in regard to the proposal to set up a development council in the pottery industry; and what further action is proposed.

Mr. H. Strauss

In the absence of a substantial measure of agreement on this question between the employers and workers in this industry my right hon. Friend does not think that it would be useful to proceed with the proposal to set up a Development Council. He will, however, consider, in consultation with the industry, any alternative suggestions which may be put to him.

79. Mr. Edward Davies

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent the proposed cuts in new building will apply to the pottery industry.

Mr. H. Strauss

The arrangements for postponement and review announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 7th November will apply to building for the pottery industry in the same way as to building for other industries.

Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total amounts spent on the improvement of pottery factories for each year since 1945.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The value of building licences issued to the domestic pottery manufacturers for each year is as follows:

1946 715,203
1947 485,073
1948 669,512
1949 804,349
1950 624,620
1951 (1st January to 23rd November) 468,509

Figures for the amounts spent on other improvements such as new machinery and plant are not available.