HC Deb 05 February 1941 vol 368 c939
53. Mr. Haslam

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has considered the representations from the Fellmongers Association, representing England and Wales, and from the Scottish Association of Skinners, representing Scotland, representing 80 firms in all, on the subject of a newly started firm in Northern Ireland, the United Chrome Tanners, whose direction is controlled by aliens and who have recently been allotted a large number of Irish skins by the Wool Control; is he aware that this allocation means a serious reduction of skins to certain English and Scottish firms, damages their business which was based on the number of skins allotted them at the commencement of control in January, 1940, and which was not in excess of their capacity; and, as this arbitrary change of allotments has aggrieved the two associations, will he receive a deputation from them to discuss the matter?

The Minister of Supply (Sir Andrew Duncan)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 22nd January to the hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Creech Jones). I shall, however, be ready to ask my Noble Friend the Joint-Parliamentary Secretary to receive a deputation from these two associations if they so desire.