HC Deb 29 July 1952 vol 504 cc1252-3
27. Mr. Dodds

asked the President of the Board of Trade the duties of the Clothing Industry Council.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The functions of the Council are specified in the Second Schedule to the Clothing Industry Development Council Order, 1949 (S.I. 1949 No. 2124), of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy.

Mr. Dodds

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the uncertainty with regard to this Council? When is he going to make up his mind what he wants them to do, as work is badly needed in regard to the future of this industry?

Mr. Thorneycroft

The Question asks about the duties of the Council. I am now discussing with the appropriate bodies to see what we can do about the future of the Council.

Mrs. Castle

Can the Minister say whether this Council is working out a new standard for the protection of the consumer to take the place of the Utility scheme, and, if so, when we are likely to have a report?

Mr. Thorneycroft

The British Standards Institution is taking the lead in the matter.