HC Deb 06 March 1945 vol 408 c1822
44. Mr. Shephard

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is now in a position to relax the restriction on the length of men's socks.

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. This restriction has resulted in a substantial saving of yarn, which is required for other kinds of clothing, particularly infants' wear.

Mr. Shephard

Is my right hon. Friend aware that these short-length socks are just as unpopular as the austerity suits were? Will he remove this restriction at the earliest possible moment?

Mr. Dalton

The earliest, possible moment will be used to give priority to infants over males who prefer a long sock to a short sock.

Dr. Russell Thomas

Is the Minister aware that these socks are always relaxed because they are not long enough to be restricted?

Commander Agnew

Are the women to be asked to make a contribution?