HC Deb 22 July 1946 vol 425 c1651
9. Mr. M. MacMillan

asked the President of the Board of Trade the amount of stamped Harris tweed produced in 1938 and in 1943, respectively; how much was exported in each of these years to the U.S.A.; and whether he will now state if it is his intention to increase supplies of yarn to meet the heavy and increasing demand of this industry and especially that of ex-Servicemen and women entering or re-entering the industry.

Sir S. Cripps

The amount of Harris Tweed stamped in the years 1938 and 1943 was 2,897,104 yards and 1,722,387 yards, respectively. The amount has increased rapidly since 1943 and is now back at approximately the 1938 level. No information is available as to how much of this was exported to the U.S.A. As to the last part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him on 3rd June.

Mr. MacMillan

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that many men who have been demobilised, and who have been trying to set themselves up in this business so as to earn a livelihood in their own home area, cannot do so because of the difficulties in getting supplies of certificated yarn?

Sir S. Cripps

That is a matter which was dealt with in the answer en 3rd June.