HC Deb 20 November 1947 vol 444 c1313
21. Mrs. Nichol

asked the President of the Board of Trade what experiments have been made in the production of ladder-proof nylon and artificial silk stockings; and, in view of the importance of such a process in saving yarn and coupons, whether he will take steps to make such hosiery available in the shops.

Mr. H. Wilson

I understand that one engineering firm is engaged in the development of a machine for the production of ladder resisting stockings and if these, or any other experiments which manufacturers may be carrying on privately, result in a satisfactory method of producing more durable stockings, I will certainly do what I can to arrange for them to be produced for sale here and overseas.

Mrs. Nichol

While I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply, I can assure him that as stockings are liable to run at any time, their mending is the greatest single worry of every woman in this country.

Mr. Wilson

I should not wish to raise hopes unduly, because the firm concerned say it will take some time to finish their researches and development.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many stockings were laddered this morning in the vicinity of Palace Yard?

Mr. Wilson

Not without notice.