HC Deb 19 July 1949 vol 467 cc1162-3
55. Mr. Skeffington

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether increased quantities of utility clothing have been available in the last six months, compared with the previous six months.

Mr. J. Edwards

Figures of supplies of utility garments are not, in general, collected, but I understand that there has been some improvement, particularly as regards men's clothing.

Mr. Skeffington

Will my hon. Friend remind the President of the Board of Trade that when the matter of Purchase Tax on clothing was under consideration it was promised that supplies of tax-free utility clothing would be increased, and that this is now a matter of urgency?

Mr. Edwards

I cannot give precise figures, as we do not collect figures of clothing production. It is figures of cloth production to which I have referred my hon. Friend.