HC Deb 17 December 1945 vol 417 c900
10. Major Boyd-Carpenter

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the total number of children's boots and shoes made available to retailers during the months of September, October and November, 1945.

Sir S. Cripps

I am afraid that the only figures available are quarterly and relate to manufacturers' supplies. For July-September quarter, these figures are as follows: boys, 2.28 million, girls, 3 million, and infants, 2.8 million.

Major Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say whether there has been any recent increase in this urgently needed commodity?

Sir S. Cripps

Not very marked.

Mr. Molson

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman doing anything to improve the quality of the leather used for children's shoes?

Sir S. Cripps:

We are getting the best leather we can import. We cannot improve much beyond that.