HC Deb 05 June 1940 vol 361 cc844-5
36. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that imported fibre is being used for mattresses for Service requirements when the washed flock industry of this country is capable of supplying a suitable substitute; and whether he will look into this matter, bearing in mind the number of persons capable of being employed in that industry?

Mr. H. Morrison

I am advised that coir fibre is the most suitable filling for mattresses under Service conditions, but there would be no objection to the use of flock filling in the event of coir fibre not being available.

Mr. Davies

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the trade union and employing sides of the flock industry are very much concerned about this matter, and would he be good enough to look into it again?

Mr. Morrison

If representations are made to me, from the hon. Gentleman or otherwise, I will certainly look into them, but we have been advised in this matter by the medical authorities at the War Office. It wil be appreciated that we must take their views into account regarding what is required for Service conditions; but if representations are made I will certainly consider them.