HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 cc1396-7
58. Mr. Sutcliffe

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that many firms in the cotton industry which are engaged on urgent Government orders and on export orders which will provide foreign exchange are being held up for lack of farinaceous products; and if he will take steps to ensure that adequate provision is made for the cotton industry in this respect before supplies are allocated to less essential purposes such as the manufacture of adhesives for packing confectionery and other luxury products?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

Arrangements are being made to allocate raw material for the manufacture of starch and to regulate the imports of starch into this country. The supplies available will be allocated in accordance with the needs of industry and full regard will be paid to the requirements of the export industries including the cotton industry.

Mr. Sutcliffe

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that chocolate manufacturers appear to be able to get a plentiful supply for the decoration of chocolate boxes, while the vital industries are being starved for lack of this material?

Mr. Morrison

As I have said in my answer, steps are being taken to make as good an allocation as possible.

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