HC Deb 04 March 1946 vol 420 cc9-10
21 and 22. Mr. Gammans

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he is aware that the licences given to the embroidery and pleating trade to make samples alone are not sufficient to enable the trade to reconstitute itself in an efficient manner; and what steps he proposes to take to enable this industry to reabsorb the labour previously employed;

(2) if he is aware that the delay in the removal of the austerity regulations governing the embroidery and pleating industry is seriously affecting the revival of this trade; and by what date he expects the regulations to be removed.

Sir S. Cripps

Except for two groups of garments on which discussions with the trade interests concerned are not yet complete, dates have now been agreed for the removal of the remaining style restrictions on clothing and footwear, including those on embroidery and pleating. As the statement is necessarily detailed, I will, with permission, circulate it in the Official Report.

Mr. Gammans

On what date will the restrictions be removed?

Sir S. Cripps

The date varies. There is a list of articles giving the dates applying to them, which it would take too long to read out.

Following is the statement:

The dates for the removal of the remaining style restrictions on the making of civilian clothing and footwear are as follows:

15th March—

Men's, youths' and boys' outerwear.

Women's outerwear.

Infants, and girls' clothing.

Proofed garments.

5th April—

Women's underwear.

1st June—

Men's shirts and pyjamas.

Dates not yet fixed—


Nurses' indoor uniforms.

1st April—