§ 4. Mr. Foster
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the shortage of supplies in Lancashire of bedding, such as sheets, cotton and wool blankets, etc., especially in the case of expectant mothers; and will he take steps to remedy this situation.
§ 11. Lieut.-Colonel Wickham
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of bed linen available in shops; and what steps he is taking to remedy the situation.
§ Mr. Dalton
The textile industries are now heavily engaged on Service and other essential requirements. The output of sheets and blankets is, therefore, strictly limited, but I am glad to say that I have recently been able to arrange for some additional production. Nevertheless, supplies are bound to remain short. I have, however, sent some extra supplies of blankets to certain towns in Lancashire and to other areas where, I am advised, the shortage is most severe.