§ Mr. F. ROBERTS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of a continued rise in the cost of leather; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any steps to deal with the same?
§ Mr. JAMES HOPE
I have boon asked to answer this question. I am aware of the continued rise in the cost of leather. 1391W The price depends on the cost of raw materials for the most part imported from abroad, over which the Government has no control. Government stocks are now-being issued to the trade below the present scale of values.