§ 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.