HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc769-70W
Mr. Riley

asked the Minister of Production if he has any information regarding the invitation of the U.S.A. Treasury to the American woollen mills and their agents to submit proposals for supplying 14,000,000 yards of woollen goods to U.N.R.R.A.; and whether British woollen firms have been invited by His Majesty's Government to submit similar proposals.

Mr. Garro Jones

The Combined Production and Resources Board has agreed to the allocation from United States production of 14,000,000 yards of woollen goods to U.N.R.R.A. It is for the U.S. authorities on the one hand and for U.N.R.R.A. and Allied Governments on the other to make arrangements for the manufacture and supply of the goods against this allocation, and my right hon. Friend has no detailed information. The Combined Production and Resources Board also approved a similar allocation of 10,000,000 yards of woollen goods from United Kingdom production. Some progress has been made towards carrying out this allocation but the production position has not yet allowed large-scale orders to be placed. The Government Departments concerned are discussing with U.N.R.R.A. and the Allied Governments the types of materials required.