HC Deb 02 March 1948 vol 448 c53W
79. Mr. Osborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the anticipated annual saving by the removal of subsidies and clothiers' rebate on utility clothes; and what was the annual retail turnover on which this was previously granted.

Mr. Bottomley

The subsidies on utility cotton and wool cloth were estimated to cost £24,625,000, during the current financial year. The estimated cost of the final payments falling into the financial year 1948–49 is £2 million. The subsidies relate to utility cloth, but most of this cloth is sold by retail as utility garments. In the absence of the kind of information which a census of distribution would disclose, I cannot make any reliable estimate of the annual retail turnover of utility clothing.