§ 69. Mr. D. Marshall
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that there is an acute shortage of hoops for pilchard half-casks at Looe, Cornwall, and that this shortage is hurtful to our export trade; and if he will take immediate action in this matter.
§ Dr. Summerskill
I have been asked to reply. Hoop iron is in very short supply. I am not aware of any shortage of hoops for pilchard half-casks at Looe, but if the hon. Member will let me have the names of the merchants concerned and their requirements, I will look into the matter.