HC Deb 02 November 1943 vol 393 cc501-2
15. Mr. Douglas

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of black-out material and that some shops have not had a supply for months; and what steps he is taking to remedy the inconvenience so caused?

Mr. Dalton

Owing to a heavy seasonal demand, there is at present some shortage of black-out cloth. Output is being maintained at as high a level as supplies of labour and cotton yarn permit and is sub- stantially greater than last year. The public can help by not renewing their black-out curtains if they are still serviceable, or can be repaired.

Mr. Douglas

Is some of this material held by firms being diverted to other purposes?

Mr. Dalton

I hope not.