HC Deb 12 April 1951 vol 486 cc1169-70
18. Mr. Bossom

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the precentage of increase he permits between the buying and selling price of raw wool, or is this unlimited.

Mr. Rhodes

The Board of Trade do not control either the buying price or the selling price of raw wool.

Mr. Bossom

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the serious reflection that this has on the cost of all clothing and, without attempting to control it, will he give some guidance to help in this situation?

Mr. Rhodes

May I ask, for my own guidance, whether the hon. Gentleman is referring to home-grown. Australian or other overseas wool?

Mr. Paget

Will my hon. Friend consider introducing the bulk buying of wool, because bulk buying has proved so effective in keeping prices down?

Mr. Rhodes

Not while the market is acting as it is.

23. Miss Burton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the large increases in the price of wool and of woollen garments over the past 12 months, he will enable expectant mothers to be issued with vouchers entitling them to buy small quantities of baby wool at specially controlled prices.

Mr. Rhodes

No, Sir. Prices of all kinds of knitting wool, including baby wool, are already tightly controlled.

Miss Burton

If the prices of woollen garments do not come down, or if the price of wool goes up again, will my hon. Friend look at the matter once more, particularly as it has been the policy of the Government to see that there are fair shares of children's essential clothing and other things, so that our children are the finest in the world?

Mr. Rhodes

In some varieties the price has already come down by some 30 per cent. since it reached its peak in March.