HC Deb 07 December 1950 vol 482 c507
8. Mr. Osborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is satisfied that adequate supplies of raw materials are available to meet the domestic clothing needs and to fulfil export requirements.

Mr. H. Wilson

Our textile industries are very largely dependent on imported raw materials. I cannot give a categorical assurance for the future before we have concluded discussions with certain producing countries, although supplies are assured for a considerable time ahead.

Mr. Osborne

Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that he is not considering the re-imposition of clothes rationing in the near future?

Mr. Wilson

I have already made a statement to that effect.

Mr. W. Fletcher

Will the right hon. Gentleman take into account the fact that a very high proportion of the stocks of cotton in the country is practically unspinnable?

Mr. Wilson

I do not agree with that statement but the spread of the stocks among different grades and types has been very much taken into account in our representations to the United States.

Mr. Assheton

How much of the stock of raw cotton is unspinnable and unlikely to be of any use to the Lancashire cotton trade?

Mr. Wilson

I should require notice of that, but I can say that the stocks are not as well balanced as we should like them to be. That is why we need more from the United States.