HC Deb 07 December 1922 vol 159 c2026W

asked the President of the Board of Trade who gave authority for the disposal of the several million yards of surplus cloth, serge, etc.; and whether consideration was given to the condition of the cloth trade in the heavy woollen district where such doth as is now being disposed of by the Disposal Board is made, and to the possibility of holding it over until the turn of trade in the districts concerned or to selling it on long term credit to Austria, so as not to hamper the cloth manufacturers in securing orders for the heavy woollen district?


The material referred to is presumably a portion of a large quantity of material originally sold by the Disposal Board in 1920, which has been on the market ever since. The original purchaser was eventually obliged to assign the unsold balances to another firm, and it is obviously impossible for the Government to intervene in the disposal thereof in the manner suggested.

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