HC Deb 13 November 1952 vol 507 c1113
33. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to encourage manufacturers of children's clothing to use shrink-resisting materials.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

A number of manufacturers already use shrink-resistant materials in children's garments, and resistance to shrinkage is one of the points being considered in the preparation of British standards for cotton and rayon fabrics. The Board of Trade's part in this is to sponsor standards of this kind so that customers can be given sufficient information to enable them to exercise their freedom of choice in an informed manner.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Does the President realise how much parents suffer financially because clothes shrink before growing children get all the wear and tear out of them? As it would not be seemly for me to display it now, will he examine a horrible example which I will send to him?

Mr. Thorneycroft

The President of the Board of Trade is very well aware of these problems.