§ Colonel Clarke
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will inform the House what increase in price has recently been imposed on utility blankets; why the National price control label on these blankets is to be replaced by the utility label CC41; and to what extent margins of sellers are still controlled by the Utility Cloth and Textiles Order.
§ Mr. J. Edwards
No increase in price has recently been imposed on utility blankets. Supplies are now adequate to meet demand and we have, therefore, simplified the production and price control arrangements governing these blankets. Hitherto, both the national 365W price control label and the utility mark had to be applied to nearly all utility blankets, but under the new arrangements the application of the N.P.C. label is no longer required. The distributors' maximum margins in the Utility Cloth and Utility Household Textiles (Maximum Prices) Order continue to apply to all utility blankets not carrying the N.P.C. label.