HC Deb 12 April 1951 vol 486 c1172
25. Mr. Dodds

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement about the action taken to produce, on a substantial scale, monkey nut wool suitings at a fraction of the cost of Australian wool suitings.

Mr. Rhodes

Production of textile fibre from groundnut meal has just been started in a new plant in this country. I understand that, for technical reasons, only a proportion of this material will, for the time being, go into the production of suitings. There is unlikely to be any appreciable quantity of such suitings produced this year.

Mr. Dodds

Is my hon. Friend aware that when the President of the Board of Trade recently walked down the Paris boulevards smart Parisian women were seen to stop and gaze with envy and admiration at his monkey nut wool suit, and would my hon. Friend ask the President if, when next he speaks at that Box, he will wear the suit so that we can see it?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether his right hon. Friend wore the suit when he recently went to see the Prime Minister?