HC Deb 16 July 1942 vol 381 cc1350-1
41. Mr. Spearman

asked the Minister of Supply what steps he is taking to prevent wastage of rags, ropes and other textile materials?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. Peat)

An Order, which comes into force on 20th July, has been made under the Defence Regulations prohibiting the destruction, abandonment or mixing with refuse of any rag, rope or string, or any article made wholly or mainly from such materials. Directions were issued to local authorities in November last year, requiring them to maintain or see maintained in their districts an efficient service for the collection of rags as well as other materials. Publicity in various forms has been and is being given to the urgent need for these materials, and to the new Order.