HC Deb 10 April 1946 vol 421 cc314-5W
78. Sir B. Neven-Spence

asked the President of the Board of Trade when it is proposed to make the second allocation, suspended since early in 1945. of yarn and cloth for utility curtains; and how many months he estimates will elapse between the making of the allocation and the appearance of the goods in marketable form.

Mr. Belcher:

Allocations of yarn for the production of utility curtains have already been resumed and cloth now being woven will appear in a marketable form from June onwards. Meanwhile, suitable Government surplus cloths have been added to the utility range and some of these are already available.

81. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of furnishing fabrics which is preventing even a supply of articles for home trade, utility curtains and other furnishings; and whether it is his intention of lifting the ban under which these articles are prohibited from being produced.

Mr. Belcher:

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answers given on Monday last to the hon. Members for Newark (Mr. S. Shephard), Bolton (Mr. J. Lewis). and Chislehurst (Mr. Wallace).