HC Deb 05 July 1971 vol 820 cc903-4
9. Mr. Normanton

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what correspondence he has had recently with the Shirt, Collar and Tie Manufacturers' Federation; what was the substance of their representations; and what action he proposes to take to maintain and promote he best interests of this section of manufacturing industry.

Mr. Ridley

The Federation recently proposed a new origin marking order for men's shirts and pyjamas but has been informed that we do not consider that the arguments so far advanced justify such an order.

Mr. Normanton

I thank my hon. Friend for his reply, but is he aware that there is still very considerable concern in this important and responsible section of British industry over his decision? With respect, my hon. Friend has not replied to the final sentence in my Question, which asks him … what action he proposes to take to maintain and promote the bests interests of this section of manufacturing industry."

Mr. Ridley

I do not accept that the absence of an origin marking order will harm British industry. It is open to British industry, if it so wishes, to mark its goods "Made in Britain", if it believes that it will be to its advantage. I am certain that that is the right course for British industry to follow.

Mr. Lipton

Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that the necktie often costs more than the shirt? Will he find out from this organisation why that is so?

Mr. Ridley

I suggest that the hon. Gentleman takes the advice of his hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Ardwick (Mr. Kaufman), and tries to do some better shopping.