HC Deb 29 April 1941 vol 371 c341
27. Mr. McKinlay

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is prepared to regard hosiery firms whose premises have been partially destroyed by enemy action as being telescoped for the purpose of the concentration of industry?

Mr. Lyttelton

Special consideration is given to such cases by members of the Industrial and Export Committee; the decision must necessarily depend on the merits of each case.

Mr. McKinlay

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the representative of this industry made a statement in Glasgow last week to the effect that firms damaged by enemy action would automatically be telescoped, and is he further aware that the machinery used in this industry is imported from abroad?

Mr. Lyttelton

If the hon. Member will give me details of this particular case, I shall be glad to look into it.

Mr. Mathers

Does the right hon. Gentleman and the Committee working for him recognise the importance of maintaining in different parts of the country hosiery manufacturing units to guard against any possibility of lack of supplies through one concentrated unit being destroyed?

Mr. Lyttelton

Yes, Sir.