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Paint (Supplies)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Supply whether, in view of the fact that members of the public may not purchase oil paint, etc., for the protection of their homes until such houses become actually insanitary, he will consider modifying this regulation so that dwellings, by way of prevention, can be placed in a sanitary condition before they deteriorate badly, or before new tenants take over, particularly in view of the risks of tuberculosis infection?

Although supplies of linseed oil paint are necessarily limited, certain quantities are available for such work as the Health authorities consider necessary. Moreover, as a result of a recent relaxation of the restrictions on the sale of distempers not containing linseed oil, it is expected that increased quantities of such distempers will become available for interior work in private dwellings. I am in touch with my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland in regard to this matter.