§ Mr. ROSBOTHAM
asked the hon. Member for Gorton, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, if the table linen used in the House of Commons is of British manufacture?
§ Mr. BELLAMY
asked the hon. Member for the Gorton Division, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some of the tablecloths in the House of Commons were made in Czechoslovakia; and, having regard to the condition of the cotton and allied trades in this country, will he take steps in future to see that purchases of such requirements be made of British productions?
§ Mr. COMPTON
My attention has been drawn to the statement that some of the tablecloths in the House of Commons were made in Czechoslovakia. I can assure the hon. Member that the Kitchen Committee have for many years purchased 299W their table linen, etc., either direct or through the agents of a well-known firm of linen manufacturers in Belfast, and in all good faith have assumed that the goods supplied were of British manufacture.