HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc173-4W
145. Mr. Randall

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the shortage of winter underwear and knitwear in the shops; and what steps he is taking to increase supplies.

Sir S. Cripps

Production of woollen underwear and of knitwear has been rather better this year than last, though both are limited by the continuing yarn shortage. Further, to ensure the largest possible supplies of underwear for the home market, licences for export have been severely restricted since July last. Except for small quantities of non-utility goods specially produced for export, this restriction will remain until I am satis- fled that exports can be expanded without hardship to the home consumer.