HC Deb 01 May 1952 vol 499 cc1631-2
8. Mr. Dodds

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the successful experiments in the preparation of a material made from a mixture of nylon and wool which ensures that the seats of boys' pants last much longer; and if he will give every encouragement to ensure that it is made available to the public as soon as possible.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I should welcome any progress in the direction which the hon. Member has in mind. I understand, however, that, while the industries concerned have for some time been experimenting with wool/nylon mixture cloths, supplies of nylon staple are very small in relation to demand for this and other purposes. Although new plant is now being constructed to increase nylon production, it will be a long time before these cloths are generally available.

Mr. Dodds

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that those actively concerned with the experiment are enthusiastic about its great possibilities, and as it seems to give great promise of reducing the problems of mothers of energetic children will the right hon. Gentleman do everything possible to make the material available?

Brigadier O. L. Prior-Palmer

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is not only schoolboys who need protection in their seats?

Mr. E. Shinwell

Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that before any action is taken he will consult the boys concerned?