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Furniture Development Council

Volume 477: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the fact that £18,500 has been levied by the Furniture. Development Council during 1949, £2,580 expended on council members' remuneration, and only £503 on research, whether he is satisfied that figures of this proportion are in accordance with the policy for development councils laid down by him.

The spending of the levy fund, apart from the remuneration of the members, is entirely a matter for the Council. I do not in any case consider it practical to draw conclusions from the accounts of the first year's activities, when the council was necessarily mainly engaged in organising and planning for the. future.

As the only thing the council seems to have done has been to. vote themselves large salaries, would it not be much better if they did some useful work?

They have done quite a lot of useful work, not only on quality and reports on expenditure, but on the structure of the industry, education and improvement of the factories.