HC Deb 08 December 1949 vol 470 cc2062-3
21. Mr. Goronwy Roberts

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will take steps to improve the supply of men's corduroy trousers and drill shirts in the slate-quarrying areas of Caernarvonshire.

Mr. H. Wilson

As I promised in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 1st February last, I have sought the help of firms engaged in this trade to increase supplies of men's corduroy trousers in this area. There is, however, a general shortage, which will be eliminated only by increased production of the cloth. Similarly, with drill shirts, it is to increased production of drill cloths that we must look for elimination of supply difficulties, and all practicable steps to that end are being taken.

Mr. Roberts

Surely there must be some way of giving priority in these matters to areas where workers such as slate quarrymen are working; and does my right hon. Friend know that there is more corduroy in Bloomsbury than there is in North Wales?

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