HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 c2374
12. Mr. T. Brooks

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now cancel the order which compels the manufacture of the austerity overcoats.

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Dalton)

No, Sir. Not yet.

Mr. Brooks

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a widespread feeling that we should be allowed to have our own design, and so forth? We only require new overcoats every 3 or 4 years. Would he not consider cancelling this Order?

Mr. Dalton

My great concern is not to do anything to check production I am already in consultation with the trade as to when would be the best time to remove these restrictions so as to avoid any check on production, and also to avoid the holding of frozen stocks. But in my view the time has not yet come for removing the restrictions.