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Written Answers

Volume 400: debated on Friday 16 June 1944

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Written Answers To Questions

Night Baking

asked the Minister of Labour whether, after the Baking Trade Board have agreed to the abolition of night baking to come into effect after the war, he intends to put forward the necessary legislation to give it legal enforcement.

I should, of course, give due weight to the views of the Baking Trade Board, but they have not so far agreed upon any recommendation on this subject and I cannot at present anticipate the action which it may be proper to take in post-war circumstances with regard to it.

Trade And Commerce

Firewood

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the high prices now being charged in the Midland region for bundles of firewood which is being sold in small quantities at the rate of £23 per ton, which only costs the seller £4 per ton; and will he take steps to stop this.

Alarm Clocks

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to give priority to war workers when the new supply of alarm clocks reaches the market.

As I informed my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Wycombe (Sir A. Knox) on 4th April last, all the most urgent claims for alarm clocks should now have been met. As from Monday last, alarm clocks may be sold permit-free. Arrangements have been made to distribute any further supplies imported from North America to retailers in areas where experience has shown that there is a demand from war workers.

Ministry Of Information

Appointments (Selection Procedure)

asked the Minister of Information if he will publish a list of all whole-time or part-time appointments which are made on his nomination from outside the Civil Service or on which he must be consulted.

No appointments, whole-time or part-time, are made on my nomination. Vacancies which necessitate recruitment outside the Ministry are filled by the normal selection procedure laid down for Government Departments generally.

Periodicals

asked the Minister of Information what is the weekly or monthly cost to his Department of the periodicals, "Latin-American World" and "Great Britain and the East," and how many copies of these papers were despatched abroad in April and May.

The Ministry of Information is not responsible for the production of these periodicals.