§ Commander Noble
asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that it takes over eight weeks to obtain a new pair of spectacle lenses; and what steps he is taking to avoid these delays which cause discomfort and anxiety.
§ Mr. Wilmot
My information is that a delay of eight weeks should occur only on difficult prescriptions. Among the steps which have been taken to increase production are the issue of licences to import plant, the release of skilled 97W workers under Class B and a scheme to attract new recruits into the industry. It will, however, take some time to make good the shortage of highly skilled craftsmen, owing to the long training required.