14. Mr. Scott-Elliot
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there is an acute shortage of knitting wool; and what steps are being taken to remedy this.
§ Mr. H. Wilson
Although supplies of hand-knitting yarn are still rather short, deliveries to the home market in 1947 were 7 per cent. greater than in 1946. I hope that it will be possible to maintain supplies at or about this level, but it will be difficult to secure further improvement for the time being, since hand-knitting yarn is a very valuable export and any increase of production must be reserved for that purpose.
Is the Minister aware that hand-knitting wool is more than "rather short," and that good quality is practically unobtainable?