§ 76. Mr. SELLEY
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that in the first two months of 1934, 1,303 tons of baths were imported into this country, as compared with 610 tons in the corresponding period of 1933; and whether he will take steps to ensure that in all schemes under the control of his Department only baths of British manufacture shall be used?
§ The Minister of HEALTH (Sir Hilton Young)
I am aware of the figures referred to. I have already suggested to local authorities the desirability of making use to the utmost extent practicable of goods and materials of home production, and I am sending to my hon. Friend a copy of a circular on this matter. I have no reason to suppose that local authorities generally are not acting upon the advice contained in this circular.
§ Mr. GRAHAM WHITE
May I ask my right hon. Friend whether it is not the case that there has recently been a rise of 30 per cent. in the price of English baths?
§ Sir FRANCIS FREMANTLE
Is it not also necessary for the right hon. Gentleman to be aware of the fact that frequently it has been essential, in order to keep down the expenses of building materials, to be able to have recourse to foreign importations?