80. Mr. Ward
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the continued shortage of industrial overalls; and what steps he is taking to make more protective clothing available to the home market.
§ Mr. Rhodes
The shortage of industrial overalls results from a shortage of drill cloths. Although supplies for the home market improved during 1949, production of these cloths is still substantially below the pre-war level. Every practicable step is being taken to increase86W cotton cloth production, and I am particularly anxious that the proportion of utility cloths should be increased.