asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that there is a considerable shortage in Leicester of essential kitchen utensils, such as pie funnels; and what efforts he is making to ensure that sufficient numbers will speedily be made available.
I have not received any complaints recently about the shortage of essential kitchen utensils in Leicester or elsewhere. Supplies of these articles have much improved and are on the whole good. Pie funnels are not, I am advised, essential, and their manufacture for the home market was prohibited during the war. This restriction has now been removed and licences have been, and will be, issued freely to any manufacturers who wish to make them, but I do not think it necessary to take any special steps to stimulate their production.