HC Deb 21 October 1946 vol 427 cc1313-4
80. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many pairs of nylon stockings have been manufactured and released for sale on the home market; and how many pairs have been exported.

Sir S. Cripps

Manufacturers had knitted 29,410 dozen pairs of nylon stockings by the end of August, including unfinished stockings, experimental production and seconds. I understand that none has yet been supplied in the course of trade, but that supply will begin as soon as manufacturers consider their stocks adequate for distribution. The answer to the second part of the Question is, "None, Sir."

Air-Commodore Harvey

Is not the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that it was announced by his Department early this year that nylon stockings would be on sale in June, and does he not agree that if delivery could be accelerated then the Minister's production programme would be materially assisted?

Sir S. Cripps

Very often when a new manufacture is coming on to the market it does not materialise quite as quickly as one hopes.