HC Deb 05 May 1949 vol 464 cc1189-90
8. Mr. Piratin

asked the President of the Board of Trade how he estimates that the cost of the raw wool used in the manufacture of the cloth 209F for a man's suit amounts to between 40s. and 45s.; how many pounds weight are used per suit; and what is the price per lb.

Mr. H. Wilson

Rather more than 4½ lbs. of cleaned raw wool would be required to make the cloth for a man's utility suit in 209F. The price of the wool used for the manufacture of this quality of cloth was taken at 110 pence a pound. This would make the cost of the raw wool in the suit about 41s. In order to allow for variations in the quality of the wool used and in processing losses, the answer was given as 40s. to 45s.