HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 c254W
104. Mr. Renton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that during January and early February traders in the drapery business are engaged upon their annual stocktaking; and whether he will therefore defer the date, namely, 1st February, 1947, on which the reduced profit margins on ladies' and children's outerwear and underwear are to become operative.

Sir S. Cripps

I cannot agree that the stocktaking period is a particularly inconvenient time for re-marking for the majority of retailers, and I regret that I am not prepared to defer the date of operation of the new retail margins. The date is 31st January and not 1st February as stated in the Question.