§ Mr. Collins
asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from organisations representing employers and trade unions in the furniture industry regarding recession of trade and resulting unemployment; and what reply he has made thereto.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
A deputation from the British Furniture Trade Joint Industrial Council was received by the Board of Trade on Monday. We are urgently considering their representations that the recession in the furniture trade is due to the hire-purchase restrictions.