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House Fittings

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production if he is aware of the existence of a considerable number of manufacturers who possess productive plant by which non-standardised house baths and other components can be produced; and, as encouragement of such firms would bring an increase in supply and variety, if he will, in consultation with the President of the Board of Trade, give them the necessary facilities.

I am aware of the existence of plant capacity for the production of baths and other housing fittings of non-standard types, but, in many cases, such capacity could only be used at the expense of diverting labour from the production of standard types which are the main requirement. My right hon. Friend is, however, prepared to consider facilitating the production of fittings of non-standard types in any cases where the total supplies of the article would be increased by this means. Each case must be considered on its merits.