§ 12. Mrs. Castle
asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to maintain the supply of tax-free utility clothing.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
I understand that there is no shortage of utility clothing at present, and no special action seems necessary to maintain supplies.
§ Mrs. Castle
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the utility scheme has been the housewife's best safeguard against excessive prices at a time of rising costs, and will he give the House a firm assurance that the rumour which is going round that the Government intend to tamper with this scheme is false, and that he will, in fact, maintain it?