HC Deb 21 November 1939 vol 353 cc1025-6
87. Captain Ramsay

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the new specifications recently issued for military greatcoats, while making little difference in the resulting material in comparison with that previously produced along Tweedside, will cause great delay and heavy expenses to the mills concerned; and whether he will consider allowing them to work to the previous specifications for the present?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Colonel Llewellin)

In order to accelerate the production of material for greatcoats an alternative specification was introduced in the summer. After experience of the cloth thus produced, however, it was decided to revert to the original specification, since the cloth which it yields is more satisfactory in respect of handling, waterproofing and length of life. A number of mills in Scotland are weaving cloth to this specification, apparently without difficulty, and my right hon. Friend is not aware of any justification for the change suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend.

corresponding increases in the allowances for the lower-powered private-hire cars. The new scales will operate as from 23rd November and I am circulating details in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Markham

Can the Minister give the precise percentages with regard to the situation in Nottingham?

Mr. Lloyd

I think these increases would apply to Nottingham as well.

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