HC Deb 29 November 1951 vol 494 c1703
29. Mr. Dodds

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action has been taken or contemplated following the protest, a copy of which has been sent to him, by the Retail Standards Association at the increasing production of shoddy utility gaberdine raincoats which are deficient in waterproof qualities.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I understand that in general utility gaberdine raincoats are of a satisfactory quality, but there have been complaints about the quality of some of the wool and wool union gaberdine cloths from which they are made. I propose to tighten up the specifications of these cloths and the details of the changes are being discussed with the trade.

Mr. Dodds

In view of the importance of this matter and the need for giving chapter and verse of the deterioration in the situation, I give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment as soon as possible.

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